Data collected by the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia reached 1,536 fatal overdoses in 2017, being the states highest number recorded. For the first time in six years, the number of drug fatalities declined slightly in 2018 from the previous year by 3.3% with a total of 1,486 deaths. However, the states 2019 Fatal Drug Overdose Quarterly Report reveals a striking increase in overdose deaths during the 1st quarter. Experts are predicting a 4% increase in overdose fatalities from 2018 to 2019.
Virginia Department of Health (2019). Fatal Drug Overdose Quarterly Report; 1st Quarter 2019. Retrieved from http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/18/2019/07/Quarterly-Drug-Death-Report-FINAL-Q1-2019.pdf