Every year, thousands of Virginians lose their lives to the scourge of opioid addiction. Although not always frontline news, the number of opioid overdoses have remained consistent and hospitalizations due to overdoses are on the rise.
At the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Russet was on the front lines of the battle against this deadly crisis. Russet recognizes that opioid addiction is often intertwined with mental health concerns. As a prosecutor, she received two separate Recognition Awards from the Loudoun County Community Services Board for her participation in the development and successful launch of the Mental Health Docket and for helping to establish the Loudoun County Drug Court Docket. These dockets are designed to address the issues surrounding drug addiction with treatment and support, to help people close the revolving door into the criminal justice system, and to empower people to live a life of recovery.
In the Senate, she will continue to help individuals suffering from drug addiction and mental health issues by passing laws which favor treatment and recovery.