Taskforce

In 2014, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe convened a Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse to address the crisis in opioid addiction and overdose that the Commonwealth ­– and indeed, our entire country – is facing. More Virginians now die every year from an overdose than in automobile accidents, and nationally there is an overdose death every 20 minutes.

VaAware is a collaboration among five Virginia agencies, the Department of HealthDepartment of Behavioral Health and Developmental ServicesDepartment of Criminal Justice ServicesDepartment of Health Professions and Department of Social Services.

Here you will find information of where to find treatment if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, access to resources in your part of Virginia, and the latest research and data on this crisis.

Information for Practitioners, which includes information on prescribing, pain management, addiction and continuing education opportunities.

There is also a section For Law Enforcement, recognizing the key roles our law enforcement agencies play in this crisis, such as being first responders to an overdose, and their ability to offer convenient disposal options for Virginians.

Thank you for taking the time to visit VaAware. Working together we will find ways to end the tragedy of opioid overdose deaths.