RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A local non-profit is helping people where you live fight opioid addiction.
The Virginia Recovery Foundation held their official launch party and fundraiser today.
They gathered at Lunch and Supper Restaurants to raise money.
VRF helps uninsured victims who survive drug overdoses.
They’ve helped over 150 people in the area since they started in December.
28 were successfully placed into recovery.
8News spoke with Micahel Zohab, the organization’s founder.
“We’ve sold over 200 tickets,” he said. “All the proceeds go directly into the account for recovery that pays for people to go into drug treatment.”
According to the Virginia Department of Public Safety, there were almost 1,500 overdose deaths in the state in 2016, mostly from opioids.