Like many other larger U.S. states with populous urban centers in addition to huge swaths of rural areas, Virginia has to contend with many difficult issues. One such issue is the drug epidemic, which includes the problems related to addiction and overdoses. In particular, Virginians' dependency on opioids has increased in recent years, likely often due to prescription use of certain painkillers leading to abuse and often to death.
According to raw numbers from the CDC, there were a staggering 1,405 overdose deaths in the Commonwealth in 2016. Given the large population size of the state, the overdose death rate is not terribly high, but detailed numbers about drug addiction in Virginia nevertheless paint an ugly picture.