The Heroin Task Force is composed of the following representatives and their designees:
In the spring of 2016, John Vithoulkas, County Manger appointed a Heroin Task Force to evaluate Henrico County's current response to the Heroin/opiod epidemic. Three Questions were asked:
The Task Force met seven times. The first meeting involved sharing information by the six department heads listed above. There was a common bond and a desire to not only thoroughly understand the issues associated with this epidemic but also to problem -solve and enhance processes where possible right from the beginning. The remainder of the meetings involved consulting with fifty plus community partners and experts in the field. Through their expertise and guidance we gained understanding of the impact heroin/opioid epidemic has on our community. As a result of the Task Force’s work, specific recommendations were made in August 2016 in the following areas: prevention, treatment, communication and the criminal justice system.
Since the fall of 2016, the Task Force has shifted its focus from that of researching the problem, to that of addressing the recommendations one by one. The Henrico Task Force meets monthly as a large group with sub-committees meeting as needed and reporting back to the larger group.
Overall mission of the Heroin Task Force is to stop the opiate overdose deaths in our community and to promote treatment for the citizens that are affected by this epidemic.