Heroin / Opioids – A public health and safety crisis in our community

What’s going on?

An epidemic of addiction to heroin and other opioids has gripped the nation. Overdose deaths are skyrocketing.

  • It’s happening throughout Virginia.
  • It’s happening here.

[Learn more from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention about the opioid epidemic, including national and statewide data, as well as overdose prevention information.]

Getting help

  • If the situation is immediately life-threatening, call 911. Our Fire and Rescue personnel carry medication that can prevent deaths from opioid overdose.
  • 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.
  • If you or someone you love needs help to overcome drug dependence, call us during business hours at 703-383-8500. Our staff can help you find appropriate treatment and recovery resources. Youth and adults can also come in person, without prior appointment, to Entry & Referral Services at the CSB's Merrifield Center Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to be screened for services. Youth walk-in evaluations are offered during these times and also until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. [Learn what happens during an assessment.]
  • 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.

What are opioids?

  • Opioids act on the brain; produce euphoric effect.
  • Often prescribed to relieve pain. Morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, tramadol, methadone and fentanyl are all opioids.
  • The illegal drug, heroin, is also an opioid.
  • Highly addictive, even lethal, if used improperly.
  • Heroin laced with carfentanil (an opioid tranquilizer used on large animals) and fentanyl has appeared in illegal drug markets and is extremely dangerous for humans.

More about opioids and addiction

Helping others

Help is here, 24/7.

If emergency is immediately life-threatening, call 911.

CSB Emergency Services at Merrifield Center (8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive in Fairfax) – Available 24/7.
You can come in directly or call first. 
703-573-5679    TTY 711

Fairfax Detoxification Center –
Call 703-502-7000   TTY 703-322-9080

Call 911 if immediately life-threatening.

Think you may need help?

Take a free online, confidential screening, anytime 24/7.

Come in person to the Merrifield Center during business hours and talk with our entry and referral staff, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Extended hours available for youth on Tuesdays until 7 p.m.

Or call us at 703-383-8500, TTY 711.


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