~Discussing the Heroin Addiction Recovery Program and how to combat the heroin epidemic in Virginia~
CHESTERFIELD, VA—Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) visited the Chesterfield County Jail with Sheriff Karl Leonard to learn more about the Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (HARP) and how to implement more initiatives like that one throughout the entire Commonwealth.
“It was great to see Senator Reeves come into the program and see firsthand what the reality of this epidemic is all about,” stated Sheriff Leonard. “He understands that we must do more than just arrest these folks and hold them in jail. His visit gives me hope that with his leadership as Lt. Governor, we will be able to expand these efforts across Virginia.”
HARP was founded in 2016 after Chesterfield County experienced an increased amount of heroin overdoses. Sheriff Leonard called for a new approach to addressing folks who are currently serving in jail and are heroin addicts.
“As a narcotics detective, I saw the negative impacts drugs had on our families and our communities,” Reeves said. “Heroin is horrible. It's an epidemic that's sweeping our nation and our Commonwealth. We've got to focus everything we have on stopping the opioid crisis.”
Reeves added, “I look forward to continuing the conversation about HARP. As Lt. Governor, I will work with our Law Enforcement and Public Safety Officials to initiate similar programs.”
Bryce Reeves is a small business owner, former Prince William County Vice-Narcotics Detective, and U.S. Army Veteran (Army Rangers). He currently represents the 17th Senate District of Virginia, where he spearheaded legislation to save reciprocity for Virginia gun owners. He is running for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, focusing on improving Virginia’s economy, preserving family values, protecting Constitutional rights, and fighting for taxpayers. Senator Reeves has been featured on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. He resides in Spotsylvania County with his wife Anne and their two children.