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 Oct 24, 2018 at 10:59 AM

Opioid Crisis - Learn How You Can Help

Opioid CrisisIncidences of opioid addiction, overdoses and deaths are rising to epidemic proportions across the U.S., affecting all ages, ethnicities, income levels and communities.  According to the CDC, more than 42,200 people died due to opioid overdoses in 2016, with an average of over 115 people dying every day.

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.

City staff are working together to respond locally to this crisis through the  Opioid Work Group. Through the links on this page, you can learn more about the crisis, the Opioid Work Group and what you can do to help. Also visit knowrx.org, a regional information site created by Behavioral Health Wellness staff from CSBs across Northern Virginia. For information about the Governor's Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse in Virginia, visit curbthecrisis.com.

If you need immediate help, dial 911.

If you need treatment services, please call the Opioid Treatment Program's intake line at 703.746.3610.

If you know someone who is dealing drugs or selling opioid prescriptions illegally, call the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.6277; you have the option to provide the information anonymously.



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Learn more about Narcan, where you can get it and how to sign up for trainings on how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency.


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Read this article about the national opioid crisis and how Alexandria is responding in Connect, the Department of Community and Human Services employee newsletter.


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On February 28, the City of Alexandria hosted “A Community Conversation: Heroin and Other Opioids,” a town hall focusing on the local impact of the national opioid crisis and how City programs and services are responding. Watch a video of the town hall online.





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