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HERRING PARTNERS WITH TAZEWELL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR OPIOID EDUCATION AND PREVENTION INITIATIVE
~ "Heroin: The Hardest Hit" will be incorporated into health curriculum at Tazewell County schools ~
TAZEWELL, VA (July 19, 2017) - Today, Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Tazewell County Public Schools announced that Tazewell County will be incorporating "Heroin: The Hardest Hit" into its health curriculum, ensuring that every student in Tazewell hears its important prevention message. "Heroin: The Hardest Hit," the award-winning documentary produced by Attorney General Herring, raises awareness of the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic and allows Virginians to share their own stories of addiction, overdose, and recovery. The announcement was made during a discussion of the opioid crisis in Tazewell with local law enforcement, education professionals, and community partners.
"Southwest Virginia knows all too well the impact of heroin and prescription opioid abuse, and that's why I'm so glad to see that Tazewell County schools will be incorporating 'Heroin: The Hardest Hit' into its health curriculum," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "This film will bring awareness to the devastating epidemic and can help start important conversations between students and their friends and loved ones on how they can avoid addiction. We all have a responsibility to ensure that more families don't endure the pain and suffering of losing a loved one to a heroin or opioid overdose, and I'm glad to see Tazewell taking action."
"Tazewell has seen the heartbreaking impact heroin and prescription drug abuse can have on a community, and it's so important for everyone to do their part to stop this epidemic," said Tazewell County Public Schools Superintendent George Brown. "'Heroin: The Hardest Hit' is a powerful film that will help educate our students on the dangers of heroin and prescription opioids and can create honest and open dialogue between students and their families on how to avoid addiction. I'm proud to partner with Attorney General Herring to incorporate his film into the Tazewell County schools' health curriculum."
"Heroin: The Hardest Hit" premiered in December 2015 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. It features Virginians sharing their own stories of substance abuse disorder, overdose, and recovery, as well as powerful testimony from the families and friends of young people who lost their lives to a fatal heroin overdose. Since its premiere, the film has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times online, and dozens of screening events have been held around the Commonwealth.
The film and trailer are available to view online at www.HardestHitVA.com, a companion site launched by Attorney General Herring in December to serve as a one-stop shop for education, prevention, and treatment resources. Schools, youth and community groups, faith-based groups, parents, recovery advocates, and others can request a DVD of the film through www.HardestHitVA.com.
Attorney General Herring has made combating the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic a top priority, attacking the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes enforcement, education, prevention, and legislation to encourage reporting of overdoses in progress, expand the availability of naloxone, and expand access to the Prescription Monitoring Program. He has supported federal efforts to improve the availability of treatment and recovery resources, partnered with U.S. Attorney Dana Boente to create the Hampton Roads Heroin Working Group to develop holistic, community-driven solutions to the heroin and opioid crisis, and made prescription drug disposal kits available across the Commonwealth. During his time in office, Attorney General Herring has worked more than 90 cases against dealers and traffickers involving more than 434 pounds of heroin worth more than $29.5 million on the street.
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