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 5, 2021 at 10:45 AM

ALERT: Sharp Increase in Deadly Prescription Pills!

The Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.

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.

View or print a flyer about dispose of unused or expired medications on Drug Take Back Day.  English | Spanish


Think You Know Campaign

Think you know about opioids? Think again.

Join with us in a social media campaign to raise awareness about opioid misuse and addiction. Watch three short videos and use our sample media posts to help spread the word.


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If given in time, Narcan® (also known as Naloxone) can save the life of someone who is overdosing from opioids. Fentanyl test strips detect the presence of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times more potent than morphine, in an unregulated injectable drugs, powders and pills. Find out where you can get both 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? Learn how to dispose of them at a secured permanent drop box locations, drug take back events or safely at home. 


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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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