Virginia may boast over 400 years of history—the nation celebrated the 400th anniversary of Jamestown in 2007—but it isn’t stuck in the past. From small towns to large ones like Arlington and Chesapeake, residents are enjoying their home state and living rich lives. This is why people like to say Virginia is for lovers. Residents and visitors alike love the state’s exciting cities, picturesque beaches, dramatic mountains, sports teams, and theme parks.
A lot of Virginia’s appeal comes from its setting; Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive offer some of the most captivating views in the world and the Eastern Shore beaches are unspoiled natural landmarks. But, sadly, no amount of scenic beauty can erase the impact that addiction is having on the state. At this point, deaths from heroin and opioid use now outstrip the number of highway fatalities the state experiences.