Join teens and young adults virtually on May 22 to connect, break down stigma about mental health and remind each other that we are not alone. Participants will receive supplies to decorate and make their own Affirmation Jar while discussing various topics related to mental health. Click here to register.
Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN) is hosting a virtual public forum on May 24 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. This event will feature a panel discussion between youth and community members discussing how to thrive during COVID-19.
Click here to register.
Resource Spotlight: Preventing Youth Substance Use and Misuse
- Facts about alcohol
- Facts about marijuana
- Facts about prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Facts about e-cigarettes
- Tips for parents and caring adults: Talking to youth about alcohol
- Tips for parents and caring adults: Talking to youth about marijuana
Supporting Positive Youth Development
Announcements and Community Events
- Safely dispose of unused or expired medications, needles, and syringes year-round at one of Alexandria's permanent drop boxes
Interested in volunteering with SAPCA? Contact Emma Beall at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer.
Do you know that SAPCA is on Facebook and Twitter? Click here to like us on Facebook and here to follow us on Twitter.
FDA warns about serious problems with high doses of the allergy medicine diphenhydramine (Benadryl) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicine diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can lead to serious heart problems, seizures, coma, or even death. There are
several reports of teenagers ending up in emergency rooms or dying after participating in the “Benadryl Challenge” encouraged in videos posted on the social media application TikTok.
- Prescriptions, including opioids and over-the-counter medication can be abused when a person takes a medication that was prescribed to someone else, takes their own prescription in a way not intended by a doctor, or takes a medication with the intention of getting high.
- Help keep our community safe by locking up prescription and over-the-counter medication and disposing of unused or expired medication at one of Alexandria's permanent medication drop boxes.
View a summary of the latest results from the Profile of Student Life Survey (Developmental Assets) conducted in 2019. The full report can be found here.
Check out this spotlight of our 2019 Project Sticker Shock!
During this annual event, teams of youth and adults place bright warning stickers on multi-packs of beer and other alcohol products in Alexandria stores
Learn more about Virginia's new Tobacco 21 legislation, effective July 1, 2019!
Nationwide, less than a quarter of high school seniors report drinking alcohol -- and in Alexandria, that number is lower. Learn more about this Trend To Get Behind:
Interested in learning more about opioids?
- Flyer in English
- Folleto en Español
- Visit KNOW the RxSK to learn more about safe opioid use, the risks of prescription drug misuse and the importance of proper disposal.
This website features information about opioids, what opioid addiction “looks like,” where to get help across the region, how to sign up for a REVIVE! class and locations to safely dispose of unused or expired opioid medications.