More than a dozen agencies representing the spectrum of public safety and health and human services met Thursday in Danville to begin developing a strategy for addressing opioid addiction in the Danville area.
The Danville Police Department recognized the need to initiate a comprehensive opioid response plan in response to the spike in heroin and fentanyl-related overdoses the city experienced in late October. This first meeting intended to bring stakeholders together to begin the development of a crisis response plan, exchange data, analyze trends, and identify community-based resources.
“Until now, Danville had not experienced the opioid epidemic that has been evident in other parts of the state, but it is here now, and we need to be proactive in addressing this issue,” Police Chief Scott Booth.
The community can expect more information to follow entering 2020. The Danville Police Department would like to thank the following partners who were represented at the meeting:
Danville City’s Attorney Office
Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney
Danville Lifesaving Crew
Danville Fire Department
Danville Emergency Communications Center
Danville Health Department
Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services
Danville Sheriff’s Office
District 14 Probation and Parole
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Virginia Attorney General’s Office
Virginia Fusion Center
Virginia State Police