Virginia Universities Respond to the Opioid Crisis

Opioids are the leading cause of accidental death in the Virginia, and the opioid epidemic was declared a public health emergency in 2016. The rate of opioid-connected deaths has increased nearly five-fold since 2010.

Virginia’s universities recognize that they have a responsibility and role to play in helping communities across Virginia respond to the opioid crisis by building a statewide team of higher education investigators committed to providing responsive, timely, data-driven support to enhance the effectiveness of local community health and social programs.

VHEOC Proposal Process

1. csbs develop and submit RFPs independently of with VHEOC, 2 VHEOC Agent obtains DBHDS approval of SORS compatibility & distributes RFPs through VHEOC academic networks, 3. Universities develop and submit proposals for consideration, 4. VHEOC vets proposals and sends to CSBs for final selection