McAuliffe leads discussion on drug abuse at NGA meeting

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WSLS 10) -   Days after signing four bills aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic in Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe says he's opening up the issue for a national conversation.

McAuliffe serves as chair of the National Governors Association. He said that 46 governors will be in attendance this weekend.

Early projections show more than a thousand people died from opioid overdoses in Virginia last year. That's a 33-percent increase over 2015.

It's a trend that's being seen nationwide. The governor says this topic will be on the top of their agenda during the winter meeting as it's an issue across the country.

"This is not a partisan political issue. This transcends politics, this transcends communities. We all come together for the good of the commonwealth," McAuliffe said.

The weekend long meeting with the National Governors Association is being held in Washington D.C.

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