Four hundred youth between the ages of 15 and 24 died from opioid overdoses in Virginia between 2010 and 2014, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health. An alternative treatment model - recovery high school - seeks to help young people who are addicted. In WCVE’s ongoing series Facing Addiction, Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp reports.
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Thousands of people in Virginia are seeking help for opioid addiction. Many are using a combination of treatment, including peer support, counseling, healthy living and opioid replacement therapy. But the demand is outpacing available services. In part four of our series Facing Addition, Catherine Komp reports.
Several initiatives in Richmond are asking the public how the city should recognize buried history and past injustices. Last week we learned about the recommendations of the Marshall Street Well Project. Today, we examine community efforts envisioning a memorial park in Shockoe Bottom. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
This summer, Virginia launches a new effort to help students and families access healthy food all year long. The project is funded through a $9 million USDA grant that aims to develop models to end childhood hunger throughout the country. Nine school districts in Southwest Virginia and Richmond City will be participating in the pilot.
The “East Marshall Street Well Project” continues making progress on how to honor human remains found more than 20 years ago on VCU’s medical campus. After gathering community input last Spring, a group standing in for relatives of the deceased has shared their recommendations. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Once prolific in Virginia, the longleaf pine was decimated by European settlers in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Less than 200 mature, native trees remain. But efforts to bring back the species are seeing progress. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
After more than 80 years, Richmond’s Southside Child Development Center will close its doors after struggling to stay afloat financially. The organization serves about 75 children with daycare, Head Start, after-school and summer programs. This follows last year’s closing of William Byrd Community House, which also served low-income families for decades.
“reTyped” is a growing collection of stories and portraits to get people re-thinking stereotypes. An Alexandria-based writer teamed up with a Richmond artist for the project, which they hope sparks dialogue and understanding. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
As young people spend more hours of the day with electronic screens, some educators are concerned about a growing disconnect with nature. In response, some teachers are expanding environmental education and moving the classroom outdoors. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.