Responding to the Opioid Crisis

From Del Ray to Old Town to the West End, the consequences of opioid misuse and addiction are being felt by people throughout our community. City staff are working together to respond locally to this crisis through the Opioid Work Group (OWG). Learn more about the crisis, what Alexandria is doing and how you can help.

Page updated on Sep 1, 2020 at 3:02 PM

Help eliminate opioid misuse and its harmful effects throughout Alexandria

From Del Ray to Old Town to the West End, the consequences of opioid misuse and addiction are being felt by people throughout our community. Those impacted range from persons with addiction and their children and families to their neighborhoods and schools, as well as to their employers and the many City and other professionals performing their work in Alexandria.

Help us eliminate opioid misuse and its harmful effects throughout the city of Alexandria. Explore the topics in the menu on the left and on this page. Educate yourself and those you love. You could save a life.


Think You Know Campaign

Think you know about opioids? Think again.

September is National Recovery Month. Join with us in a social media campaign to raise awareness about opioid misuse and addiction. Watch four short videos and use our sample media posts to help spread the word. Or follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share our posts. 


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On August 31, City Hall joined landmarks and buildings around the world that were illuminated purple. (Photo credit:  2020 John David Coppola/The Zebra)


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Learn more about this national month of recognition and help celebrate the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance use disorders. 



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If given in time, Narcan® (also known as Naloxone) can save the life of someone who is overdosing from opioids. Find out where you can get it for free.



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Treatment services are open and available during the pandemic. Learn more about treatment and recovery programs in Alexandria.


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Do you have unwanted or expired medications? Dispose of them at a secured permanent drop box location at the Alexandria Police Department headquarters, Neighborhood Pharmacy or Inova Alexandria Hospital.


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In January 2020, the City's Opioid Work Group finalized the City's three year strategic plan to eliminate opioid misuse and its harmful effects in throughout Alexandria. Read the plan and learn more about the Opioid Work Group


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Read news releases and articles about the impact of opioids in Alexandria and the City's response.


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Visit knowrx.org, a regional information site created by Behavioral Health Wellness staff from CSBs across Northern Virginia, and curbthecrisis.com, the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse in Virginia.





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