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SAARA STATEMENT

SAARA of Virginia on the Derek Chauvin Verdict:

"The stigmatization of drug use and addiction has long been used to rob individuals of their dignity and humanity, all while justifying harsh treatment by police."

What We Do

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SAARA is committed to mobilizing supporters to work with legislators and other decision-makers to enhance our Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Addiction system of care in Virginia. Learn more about getting involved with SAARA's advocacy.

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SAARA facilitates educational training for Peer Recovery Specialists and Community Supporters. Learn more about our Events and Training

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SAARA provides Recovery Support Services to those affected by SUD & Addiction via our SAARA Center. Learn more about SAARA's resources.

By the Numbers

498,929 

1,241 

74,196

50%

ADULTS IN 

VIRGINIA HAVE A SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER

OPIOID-RELATED OVERDOSE DEATHS IN VIRGINIA

TOTAL DRUG ARREST IN 2018

PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE SUD HAVE A CO-OCCURRING MENTAL ILLNESS

Our Priorities

Mental

Health

Medicaid

Expansion

Overdose

Prevention

End

War on

Drugs

Reentry

Programs

Race

Issues

Services

for

Veterans

Affordable

Housing

Homeless-ness

Restore

Rights

Recovery

Accessibility

Family

Support

End Mass

Incarceration

Right to 

Vote

Insurance

Discrim-

ination

LGBTQIA+

Issues

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Happening Now

End-of-Session Wrap Up: See what SAARA did to advocate for the recovery community