Spanberger, sheriff press for more addiction recovery funding

   His life started spiraling after he fell 32 feet from a utility pole. In 2003, Kevin Peterson was working as a lineman repairing power lines during Hurricane Isabel when he slipped and fell, seriously injuring his back. After two years on pain medication, he became addicted to opioids and eventually switched to a cheaper alternative – heroin. The spiral continued, landing him in the Chesterfield County Jail in November 2019, on credit card fraud charges. (www.chesterfield

Addiction and recovery resources see increase in calls for help

     LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — The COVID-19 pandemic proved difficult for all, especially those recovering from addiction. Pathways Residential Treatment Center is just one of the local resources for those struggling with addiction in Lynchburg. As the state starts to reopen, more people are reaching out for help. (

Recovered addict hopes to be beacon of hope amid spike in overdose deaths

       RICHMOND, Va. — Lockdowns and isolation during the pandemic lead to a record-setting year in overdose deaths nationally, according to experts. The CDC reported the highest single-year increase of drug overdose year-to-year in more than 50 years. (

After losing 2 children during addiction, mother gives birth to miracle baby

       HOPEWELL, Va. — Three years sober, Nichole Hollie can hold her baby and watch her grow. It’s an experience she never got to have with her first two. (

Fighting addiction by finding a job in Harford and Cecil counties | READER COMMENTARY

Alexandra Wimberly and Shawna Murray-Browne cite the vital need for employment and workforce development programs for people in recovery from drug addiction. (