Opioid Work Group Launches Social Media Awareness Campaign

Page updated on Sep 3, 2020 at 2:21 PM

On September 1, the City’s Opioid Work Group launched “ Think you know about opioids? Think Again,” a social media campaign to raise awareness about opioid misuse, overdose risks, treatment and recovery. 

The campaign invites social media users to share the short videos below and tag three others to share the content with their own networks. 

Opioids are a class of highly addictive drugs that include prescription painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone, and illegal drugs like heroin. However, addiction is not always the cause of an overdose. Overdoses can happen to a patient recovering from surgery or injury; a teenager experimenting with illegal drugs for the first time; or a child who ingests leftover medication from a home medicine cabinet. To learn more about how to prevent opioid overdose deaths and respond to an overdose, visit alexandriava.gov/Opioids. To obtain a free dose of Naloxone (Narcan), an easy to use nose spray that can save the life of someone overdosing on opioids, call the Alexandria Health Department at 703.746.4888 or the City’s Opioid Response Coordinator at 703.746.3326. 

The Opioid Work Group is a multi-agency partnership comprised of representatives from a range of City services and community partners that takes a multi-dimensional approach to eliminating opioid misuse and its harmful effects throughout the city of Alexandria.

The campaign was launched on the first day of National Recovery Month, now in its 31st year. The annual awareness month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as the improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, are also celebrated. Learn more about this national month of recognition, how to celebrate the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders, and treatment programs and services available in Alexandria.

Think you know about opioids? Think again.

Did you know that anyone can misuse or overdose on opioids? A family member or neighbor. A friend or coworker. Millions of Americans report misusing prescription drugs. Over 46,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2018. Educate yourself and those you love. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/Opioids

Think you know about fentanyl? Think again. 

Did you know that fentanyl, a synthetic opioid is 50 times more potent than morphine? Or that fentanyl can be pressed into counterfeit pills without your knowledge? Educate yourself and those you love. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/Opioids.

Think you know about opioids? Think again. Carry Narcan. Save a Life.

Did you know 46,802 overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2018 involved opioids? Did you know that Narcan can save the life of someone who is overdosing? You can get this easy to use nasal spray for free. Save a life. Carry Narcan. Find out where you can pick up Narcan at alexandriava.gov/Opioids.

Think you know about opioids? Think again. Treatment Works.

Did you know that opioid addiction is a disease? It affects the brain and the body. But there is hope. Millions of lives are being transformed through treatment and recovery programs. Our doors are open. We are here for you. Find out about treatment and recovery options at alexandriava.gov/Opioids.

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