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Video: Following the ‘Opioid Ripples‘

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Video: Following the ‘Opioid Ripples‘

Watch Randy Rieland discuss his reporting about the wide-ranging effects of opioid addiction in our region:



Opioid Ripples is an ongoing series produced jointly by four organizations: two independent, nonprofit civic news organizations, Piedmont Journalism Foundation and Foothills Forum; and two media companies, Piedmont Media and Rappahannock Media. The nonprofits provide the research and reporting; the media companies decide when and what to publish in their newspapers and on their websites.

Foothills Forum, founded in 2014, and Piedmont Journalism Foundation, founded in 2018, were created to increase in-depth news coverage and public discussion of issues in their communities.

Foothills Forum focuses on Rappahannock County. For more information, see

Piedmont Journalism Foundation focuses on Fauquier and surrounding counties. For more information, see

Community support of the nonprofits makes this and other projects possible. Funding for this series comes in part from the PATH Foundation, which provides grants to improve health and vitality in Fauquier, Rappahannock and Culpeper counties.

Coming soon

• The harsh reality is that most addicts relapse. Multiple times. We’ll look at why recovery is so hard and how local communities are struggling to meet diverse treatment needs.

• How the role of police in dealing with the opioid epidemic is shifting from making arrests to educating the public.

• For all the raised awareness about opioid addiction, its stigma persists and plays out in many ways. Also, how other communities are dealing with the challenges of the opioid crisis.

What do you think so far?

Let us know what you think of this regional reporting project. Send feedback to

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