This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: December 12, 2016
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260,

Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Directive Creating Opioid Executive Leadership Team

~New group to advise McAuliffe administration on executing recommendations of outgoing Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse~


RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Directive 9, which creates an Executive Leadership Team to oversee Virginia’s continuing work to combat the opioid epidemic.

In 2014, Governor McAuliffe created the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse. Before it expired, the task force made over 50 recommendations on actions that can be taken to combat the opioid epidemic in Virginia. More than half of those recommendations have been or are in the process of being implemented. The Executive Leadership Team created today will continue that important work.

“I want to thank the dedicated experts and advocates who worked hard as part of our task force to develop an action plan for combatting the prescription drug and heroin epidemic here in Virginia,” Governor McAuliffe said. “The Executive Leadership Team I created today will continue to turn those recommendations into action so that we can keep up the important work of saving lives in every corner of our Commonwealth. We have made strides, but our overdose deaths continue to rise, and we cannot relent.”

For the full text of Executive Directive 9, click here.