The national opioid addiction epidemic has not left the communities of the Middle Peninsula untouched.
On June 15, the Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad in Hudgins hosted the first of two programs intended to address drug use in the county. Presented by the Mathews County Resources Council, the program featured the screening of a documentary as well as testimony from local and state law enforcement and the Virginia Department of Health.
A follow-up meeting to address what is being done locally to combat opioid addiction will be held on Sept. 21, also at the squad building.
Rhoda-Jo Stress, who opened the program, called it “a critical meeting, not only for the subject but for the community as a whole.” She is chair of MCRC.
There were representatives on hand from VDH, local and state police, the Piankatank Ruritan Club, Boys and Girls Club, and local churches.
The film screened, titled “Heroin: The Hardest Hit,” was produced by the state Office of the Attorney...
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