Heroin / Opiates
- An epidemic of addiction to heroin and other opiates is sweeping the country and is affecting our community.
- The federal government now reports that more people die from drug overdoses each year than in car crashes.
- In Northern Virginia, heroin-related deaths increased 164 percent between 2011 and 2013.
- In Fairfax County, in just one year – from 2013 to 2014 – the number of deaths from heroin overdose doubled.
- Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded to 291 suspected heroin overdoses across the county between 2011 and 2014.
- From 2011 to 2014, our Community Services Board (CSB) saw a 22 percent increase in the number of our service recipients who reported having used heroin, non-prescription methadone, and/or other opiates.
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 assessment. [More information about walk-in assessments 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.
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 the CSB today.
- 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 an assessment, 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).