Heroin / Opiates
- Fairfax County has not been spared from the growing heroin and opioid addiction crisis affecting the nation.
- The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) reported a 16% increase in the number of individuals served with a history of heroin use from FY 2014 to FY 2015 (7% increase from FY 2015 to FY 2016).
- Through the first half of 2016, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department assisted 40 patients with suspected heroin or opiate overdoses.
- There were 18 deaths from heroin overdoses in Fairfax County in 2015.
What YOU can do
- If the situation is immediately life-threatening, call 911. Our Fire and Rescue personnel carry medication that can prevent deaths from opiate overdose.
- If you or someone you love needs help to overcome drug dependence, call us at 703-383-8500. Our staff can help you find appropriate treatment and recovery resources. You can also come in without a prior appointment to the CSB Merrifield Center for a walk-in screening. [More information about walk-in screenings below.]
- If it's after business hours, call CSB Emergency Services at 703-573-5679; available 24/7, every day of the year, including weekends and holidays.
- Learn the physical and behavioral warning signs of opiate use.
- If you or someone you love is using opiates, have a safety plan to prevent overdose. Review our safety plan checklist or get a printable version.
- Take a free REVIVE! training course and learn how to respond in an emergency to reverse a drug overdose.
- Know what to do in case someone you are with overdoses (or get a printable version)
- Consumers and caregivers should remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from their home as quickly as possible to help reduce the chance that others may accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine. (Source: FDA) Learn how to properly dispose of medications.
- Visit VaAware to find out about resources across the Commonwealth of Virginia, including information for medical practitioners, law enforcement and information on treatment and recovery.
If you are pregnant and are using alcohol or drugs, call us TODAY
- Using alcohol or drugs while pregnant will harm the baby. If you or someone you know is pregnant, or has recently delivered a baby, and needs help to stop using alcohol or drugs, call us today at 703-383-8500.
- In Virginia, pregnant women who need substance abuse services have priority for services and will be seen within 48 hours. Intravenous drug users also have priority for services. Learn more about CSB priority populations.
- Individuals using any type of opiate have priority for CSB services and can come directly to the CSB Merrifield Center for a screening, without calling for a prior appointment.
- Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The Merrifield Center is located at 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22031, just off Arlington Boulevard at the corner of Willow Oaks and Williams Drive. [Directions]
- The building can also be reached by MetroBus (Routes 1Z, 1A and 1C), and Connector bus (Routes 401 and 402).