To Beat the Opioid Crisis, Virginia’s Next Governor Should Think Like Portugal

“Virginia’s next governor will confront many pressing needs but few burning oil platforms — except one. The opioid crisis just keeps getting worse.

Drug overdoses, which now constitute the leading cause of death for anyone in America not yet old enough to join AARP, topped 64,000 in 2016. That represented a nearly one-fifth increase over 2015. The other day The Wall Street Journal reported that from January 2016 to January 2017, drug overdose deaths rose another 21 percent. Opioids are driving most of the fatalities…” Read more of A. Barton Hinkle’s column on Richmond Times-Dispatch here.