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Powerful new documentary addresses heroin and prescription drug misuse epidemic in Virginia

~ Free regional screenings scheduled for OAG-produced film to educate Virginians on the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs, which killed more Virginians in 2014 than car crashes ~

November 23, 2015 -- In response to a heroin and prescription drug epidemic that claimed more lives in Virginia in 2014 than car crashes, Attorney General Mark R. Herring is premiering Heroin: The Hardest Hit, a powerful documentary about the danger of heroin and prescription drugs and their impact on Virginia families and communities. The documentary, which was produced by the Office of Attorney General, features Virginians telling their own stories of addiction, overdose and recovery, and it features powerful testimony from parents who lost their children to an overdose, as well as law enforcement and healthcare professionals working to address the problem. Read more

Statewide summer camp series to help build relationships between Virginia law enforcement and their communities

July 6, 2015 -- Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced this summer's Virginia Rules camps,  a series of summer day camps that will provide opportunities for young people to build positive relationships with law enforcement officers within their community, have outdoor camp-style experiences, and learn about Virginia law. This summer, Attorney General Herring is sponsoring more Virginia Rules Camps than ever, with camps being held in Pittsylvania, Richmond, Chesapeake, Albemarle/Charlottesville, and Norfolk. The camps are a partnership between the Office of Attorney General and local law enforcement partners. Read more

School and Campus Safety Training Forum

June 19, 2015 -- Virginia Rules updates and new materials will be presented at the School and Campus Safety Training Forum in Hampton, August 3 - 5, 2015. Learn more and register. The forum will feature a wide variety of keynote and breakout sessions related to school climate and campus safety issues for approximately 750 expected attendees in the fields of law enforcement, school security, as well as PreK-12 administration and counseling, and others with an interest in school safety.

Teen drinking and parent responsibilities

Summer means parties and time with friends for many teens -- and parents need to look out for the safety of their teens by keeping those parties alcohol-free. It is illegal for parents to serve alcohol to their children's guests, and parents may also be liable for accidents and other consequences of underage drinking.

Read about your responsibilities under Virginia law and download this guide to responsible teen parties (PDF) to learn more.

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Mark R. HerringWelcome from the Attorney General of Virginia

Dear Fellow Virginians:

Thank you for visiting our Virginia Rules website and for taking an active role in the development of Virginia's young people! Virginia Rules helps provide character education and teaches children their rights and responsibilities as citizens of the Commonwealth. We hope you find these resources to be helpful and informative. Read more »