Prince William County lost at least 46 residents to opioid overdoses in 2016 or nearly one a week, the board of supervisors learned Tuesday…

…Supervisor Frank Principi noted there are currently 96 adults and 42 children on the waiting list for Prince William County substance-abuse programs.

“People are dying because of this epidemic, both adults and children,” Principi said. “What is it that we’re going to do differently given the severity of this wait list?”

In response, Community Services Director Alan Wooten said opioid addicts without medical insurance are being prioritized for treatment, as are addicts in certain critical categories, such as pregnant women. Only 27 percent of the 96 adults on the waiting list are addicted to opioids, he added.

“We are serving the folks who are the least insured or have the greatest need,” Wooten said.

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