YORKTOWN, VA—This morning, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Bryce Reeves (R- Spotsylvania) visited with York and Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs, Commonwealth’s Attorney Benjamin Hahn, Clerk of Court Kristen Nelson, and the founder of SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul, Jan Brown, to discuss the rapidly growing heroin epidemic facing the Commonwealth.
SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul recently raised over $7,500 to buy Naloxone for over 70 deputies in York County. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a life-saving drug that is administered to individuals who overdose. Police officers frequently arrive at emergency situations first, and having access to Naloxone will allow victims who overdose the opportunity to be treated faster.
“Virginia is facing a statewide public health emergency due to the amplifying opioid and heroin crisis,” said Reeves. “Now more than ever, we need leaders who will work closely with our law enforcement personnel. Drug overdose is the leading cause in accidental and unnatural death here in Virginia. We cannot let this trend continue.”
Sheriff Diggs noted that York County has had over 80 overdoses this year.
“Virginia is very diverse, but what every locality shares in common is that they want a representative who will fight to ensure the safety and security of their community and their families. I’m the only candidate running for Lt. Governor who is working to do just that.”
Reeves added, “I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to talk with leaders in York today and I look forward to continuing this conversation with more Law Enforcement Officers and medical professionals across the Commonwealth.”