- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state government has a new website designed to help battle opioid and heroin addiction.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday the creation of VaAware.com , which he said was an informational tool for the public, health care practitioners and law enforcement officials.

Opioid deaths in Virginia have risen dramatically in recent years. In 2015, there were 801 deaths, a nearly 50 percent increase since 2012.

The website was recommended by McAuliffe’s newly created task force on prescription drug and heroin abuse.

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