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35 fatal overdoses in Richmond so far this year

A look the regional opioid crisis by K.Burnell Evans:

A woman who drew her last breath behind Franklin Military Academy in the city’s East End was among the 80 to die of an opioid overdose this year in the Richmond region.

School was out for the summer. She was pregnant.

“I just can’t get it out of my head,” said Del. Delores L. McQuinn, D-Richmond, whose district encompasses the school. “It is my hope and my prayer that we can get to the bottom of this.”

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Alex Goodmundson
Alex Goodmundson
2020 years ago

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EastEnder
EastEnder
3 years ago

As we celebrate early attempts to revitalize the Nine Mile corridor, can we also pressure our representatives to to have a drug treatment center for those in the East End? This issue was raised by someone at the 7th District Meeting this week, and Rep. Newbille said that there were no conversations of that sort and seemed a bit taken aback. I’m baffled that with all this concern about economic development, and drug-related crime in the East End that we have had no serious conversations about having treatment centers located in the East End so addicts don’t have to go… Read more »

Commodus
Commodus
3 years ago

As heads up, there is a treatment center on East Franklin. The future bus plan should end within easy walking distance.

https://newseason.com/clinics/richmond-treatment-center/

Dubois2
Dubois2
3 years ago

East ender, you make a good point I’d like us to support better living in the east end. There are a lot of (heroin) addicts up here in the north central Oakwood area. I’m all in favor of people taking responsibility for living right themselves, but addiction is real, and we, the functional employed tax paying people wind up carrying the weight of their sick ness. (Thefts, drug dealer violence, etc) So let’s address the problem head on and deal with addicts and addiction Dr Newbille, why is there no drug addiction treatment effort embedded in the 9 mile revitalization… Read more »

Bill
Bill
3 years ago

Looks like big pharma and the medical industry are doing their part in economic development. And phasing out the dreaded drug cartels.

Myrna Carlson
Myrna Carlson
3 years ago

A heroin overdose behind Franklin Military Academy. It’s no surprise to anyone. The RPD knows that there are active heroin dealers on N 37th St., N 36th St., and N 38th St., and frequently walk, bike, and drive the area behind Franklin Military Academy down to the projects on Government Rd. Get the dealers off the street and out of the area so this will stop.

Plove
Plove
2 years ago

I know the area pretty well. I’ve lived on 37th street my entire life. Those people you speak of on those streets are mainly drug addicts not dealers. Most of these overdoses are due to pharmaceuticals not street drugs. These people you speak about have been addicts for decades, the dealers don’t live around here. A lot of assumptions have to do with stereotyping. You probably think I’m a dealer or addict because I lived here before you and you may see me walking and talking with some of these people. Yet I’m not just known them my entire life.… Read more »

Plove
Plove
2 years ago

And those are not projects at the bottom of government Rd. They are low income apartments that you have to have a job and pass credit and background checks for..smh

Plove
Plove
2 years ago

You see there were houses and businesses down the Fulton bottom. Churches and schools. My Great grandparents house was on Orleans St. The steps are still there, right across from Rocketts Landing. There is a lot of untold history and assumptions about the people who lived here. These were beautiful, hard working people..Who loved their communities and built them up, to watch them torn down and destroyed. My great grandmother was an orphan, she owned stores in Church Hill, she was loved and respected. Her name is in relation to the oldest black owned business still in Church Hill. You… Read more »

Montserrat
Montserrat
2 years ago

Plove, Thanks for your comments. I think many would agree that the War on Drugs was and has been a failure on many fronts. While addiction as a disease is real and needs better attention and focus than our politicians have given it, drug use not only effects the addict, his/her family but whole communities for the worse. Drugs don’t only make addicts but they make dealers. I’ve seen it firsthand as a longtime resident on Chimbo/Oakwood. Guys (and girls) I know choose to hustle and sling when they know how bad the effects of drugs can be. I’ve spoken… Read more »

Dubois2
Dubois2
2 years ago

Where I live, near Mari’s corner store, it’s people in and with the oldest families, 7 times out of 10, who are selling heroin, pills, cocaine, crack and guns. And until new people moved in, they were straight running things. They won out over decent folk, plain and simple. We need to recognize both the glory and the manners of the past are gone. It’s the hustlers vs the yuppies out here. The yuppies can’t tell the church cousin from the crack cousin from the lawn care cousin… (or which two are the same person) but the hustlers will try,… Read more »

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