Governor Terry McAuliffe today (11/21/2016) announced that State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP, has declared the Virginia opioid addiction crisis a Public Health Emergency.
This declaration comes in response to the growing number of overdoses attributed to opioid use, and evidence that Carfentanil, a highly dangerous synthetic opioid used to sedate large animals such as elephants, has made its way its way into Virginia. A Public Health Emergency is an event, either natural or manmade, that creates a health risk to the public.
Read more: Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia
The Tidewater Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council, Inc. celebrated regional EMS personnel on June 19, 2016 at Harbor Park Stadium in Norfolk. The council presented awards to individuals who were selected for their high achievements and exceptional level of service.
Read more: Tidewater EMS Council Recognizes Excellence in EMS