February 3

In the Feb. 1 front-page article “Va. girl’s heroin overdose shows ‘disturbing’ trend,” on a rising number of deaths involving heroin users in Virginia, The Post wrote: “Their families are left to ponder what could have been done, as law enforcement officials decide who should be held responsible.” Perhaps families and law enforcement officials should both turn to Virginia lawmakers for answers.

Good Samaritan laws that offer limited immunity to those who call 911 to prevent overdose deaths are a common-sense step toward reform in a state that arrests almost 40,000 people every year for drug offenses. Virginia drug policies need serious rethinking if dragging the body of a dead friend into the bushes and hiding it is a more appealing option than calling 911.

Heather Elenore Wade, Washington