Saturday in Mount Vernon about 100 members of the Diocese of Arlington came together for its first ever opioid crisis conference, or “Seeking Hope and Healing in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis,” hosted by the bishop and the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington.
The Diocese covers 21 counties and seven cities in Northern Virginia. There are about 400,000 Catholics in the region.
In a series of breakout sessions, members heard from speakers who addressed the opioid crisis and offered solutions. One of those ways is through God and the healing power of Jesus.
“[Catholics are] radically interpersonal. We aren’t just alone in the world, so by having people come here today with a group of other people encouraging them to connect and make contacts and engagements would be a Catholic feature,” said Art Bennett, president and CEO of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington.
2017 state data shows more people died of overdoses in Fairfax County than in any other county in the state.