Board of Supervisors
Sept. 24, 2021
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — The chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors has been appointed to an 11-member panel that will administer Virginia’s share of any legal settlements or judgments related to the manufacture, marketing, sale and distribution of opioids.
Virginia Gov. Ralph S. Northam selected Dale District Supervisor James M. “Jim” Holland to serve on the Opioid Abatement Authority, which was created under legislation passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.
“This panel will be critical to the Commonwealth’s—and Chesterfield’s—ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, which has affected far too many individuals and families,” Holland said. “That includes our public safety personnel, Community Services Board staff and many others who have worked tirelessly to save lives over the past several years.”
In conjunction with the Secretary of Health and Human Resources Office, the new authority will administer Virginia’s Opioid Abatement Fund and help ensure that the proceeds from opioid litigation are disbursed for prevention of opioid abuse, treatment and recovery.
“I have learned a lot about the opioid epidemic from our very capable staff, and I intend to continue leaning on Chesterfield’s strong base of knowledge and expertise in my role on the authority as we work to effect positive outcomes within Chesterfield and throughout Virginia,” Holland added.
Holland, a fourth-term supervisor, is one of two Chesterfield residents serving on the Opioid Abatement Authority -- joining Dr. James Thompson of Midlothian, co-founder and chief medical officer of Master Center for Addiction Medicine.
The authority is tentatively scheduled to convene for its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.