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Governor’s Task Force On Prescription Drug And Heroin Abuse

On September 26, 2014, Governor McAuliffe signed Executive Order 29 establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse. The Task Force was created to recommend immediate steps to address a growing and dangerous epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse in Virginia, with the ultimate goal of improving public safety and public health.

The Task Force is co-chaired by the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and includes representatives from the Office of the Attorney General, legislature, and judiciary, as well as relevant state and local agencies, law enforcement, health and behavioral health care professionals, providers, community advocates, and individuals with personal experience with addiction.

Recommendations from the October 2, 2014 Heroin Summit, as well as those developed last year in conjunction with the National Governor’s Association, are being taken up by the five workgroups established under the Executive Order, focusing on the areas of Education, Treatment, Storage and Disposal, Data and Monitoring, and Enforcement. The Task Force will provide initial recommendations to the Governor on or before December 31, 2014, a comprehensive implementation plan by June 30, 2015, and any additional reports as necessary.


June 21, 2017 – Opioid and Heroin Stakeholders Meeting


May 4, 2016 – Opioid and Heroin Stakeholders Meeting

October 20, 2015Fall 2015 Update of Implementation Plan sent to Governor McAuliffe


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Full Task Force Membership

Workgroup Membership


September 26, 2014 Ė Governor McAuliffe Issues Executive Order 29 Establishing the Governorís Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse