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Advocates disappointed​ by court’s new mental-health initiative

More than two-thirds of people incarcerated in Arlington County Jail have a serious mental illness or developmental disabilities. Officials have a plan that aims to change that, but mental health advocates are...

Democratic candidate Shelly Simonds has a plan to lower drug costs

Shelly Simonds has one big takeaway from her time on the campaign trail in Newport News: People are concerned about the cost of prescription drugs and want someone to do something about...

Residents of southwest Virginia will have access to free medical care later this month

Residents of southwest Virginia will have the opportunity to receive free medical care later this month, the Bristol Herald-Courier reports. The Health Wagon, a nonprofit mobile medical clinic that...

More than 300,000 Virginians have enrolled in Medicaid thanks to expansion

More than 300,000 people have signed up for Virginia’s expanded Medicaid program, Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Wednesday. “Because we expanded the Commonwealth’s Medicaid program, hundreds of thousands of...

Virginia health officials identify workplace cafeterias in connection with food-borne outbreak

The Virginia Department of Health has identified three workplace cafeterias in Northern Virginia and Richmond in connection with the recent outbreak of cyclosporiasis, a food-borne intestinal illness.  There have...

NoVa health officials investigating foodborne illness outbreak

Northern Virginia health districts are investigating an increase in cyclosporiasis, a foodborne intestinal illness. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced on Tuesday that there has been an uptick...

What state Sen. Glen Sturtevant’s ‘no’ vote on Medicaid means

Back in 2015, then state Senate candidate Glen Sturtevant opposed Medicaid expansion, calling it a “non-starter.”  Sturtevant won his race but his opposition to Medicaid expansion is out of...
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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a drone delivering an overdose-rescue drug?

Getting medicine to victims of the opioid epidemic in Virginia is not a problem of drug availability, it's a race against time. That's why Dr. Joseph Ornato and engineering students at Virginia...
Mark Whitfield, whose daughter was shot and killed at a cookout over Memorial Day Weekend, speaks at a roundtable on gun violence in Richmond organized by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine.

26 students shot in Richmond this year

Twenty-six Richmond Public Schools students were shot this past school year, NBC12 reports, and two lost their lives. That's more than one shooting victim for every 1,000 students in Richmond schools.

Drug companies flooded Norton, Va. with 306 pain pills per person each year. The...

Two Virginia cities received the most opioid pain pills per capita in the nation between 2006 and 2012, according to a new Washington Post analysis of newly released company data.