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City Council Regular Meeting
Declaration of the Opioid Crisis in the City of Danville as a Public Nuisance
W. Clarke Whitfield, Jr.
Business Meeting: 12/18/2018
The opioid crisis unreasonably interferes with rights common to the general public of Danville. It significantly interferes with the public health, safety, peace, comfort, and convenience of the residents of Danville. It involves violations of State and Federal drug laws and therefore constitutes a public nuisance. City Council has the authority to take action to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Danville by adopting a resolution, pursuant to Virginia Code § 15.2-900 and § 48-5.
There exists a serious public health and safety crisis involving opioid abuse, addiction, morbidity, and mortality in Danville. The diversion of opioids into the illicit market causes or contributes to the serious public health and safety crisis involving opioid abuse, addiction, morbidity, and mortality in Danville. The opioid crisis is having an extended and far-reaching impact on the general public health and safety of residents of Danville and needs to be abated.
It is recommended that City Council adopt the attached resolution pursuant to Virginia Code § 15.2-900 and § 48-5 declaring the opioid crisis in the City of Danville a public nuisance, which must be abated for the benefit of Danville and its residents.
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