Newport News Police, community agencies hold walk to address opioid crisis

Posted at 6:35 AM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 23:14:03-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Chief Steve Drew and members of the Newport News Police Department held a Community Awareness Walk Thursday afternoon to help bring awareness to opioid-related overdoses in Newport News.

The walk started at the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza Park located at the corner of Jefferson Avenue & 25th Street. The community was invited and encouraged to attend.

Representatives from both the Peninsula Health Center and the Hampton/Newport Community Services board were on hand to share information about addiction and resources for getting help.

“We look forward to working with our community partners in spreading the word about this national epidemic," Drew said. "We believe, by working together, we can make a difference by enforcing laws associated with the sale of illegal drugs and, more importantly, getting help for those suffering from this debilitating, and often fatal illness."

Police say if you need help when it comes to a drug addiction, call the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board at 757-788-0300. There is also 24/7 access to crisis services. Those numbers can be found below:

  • 757-788-0011
  • 757-315-3650
  • 1-855-807-8278