Surprised by a growing epidemic of heroin and pain killer abuse, state officials held a summit meeting today to talk about why 900 Virginians lost their lives to opiate-based drugs last year and what should be done about it.
Honesty Liller was not the girl you’d expect to be a heroin addict. She grew-up in a middle-class household near Richmond in a two-parent family, graduated from high school at 16 and had an after school job. She also started drinking and using drugs at the age of 12.
The disappearance of Hannah Graham reminds parents of the need to warn their kids about dangers in the world, but it’s not an easy job -- especially as children grow into young adults. Experts in the field of psychology say it might be a good idea to teach kids the “P” word.
When members of the so-called Islamic state began beheading American and British journalists and aid workers, recording and posting the executions online, one mother pleaded publicly with them to spare her son. That plea failed, perhaps because the killers are psychopaths or sociopaths.
Services for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder have improved over the last five years…but the system that provides the services is complex and not uniformly accessible statewide.
That’s one of the findings this week of the Autism Advisory Council-the panel of lawmakers who will identify problems and make recommendations to the General Assembly about how to make the state programs more effective. The demand for long-term services has continued to grow.