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.
- 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
- 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.
- Take a free REVIVE! training course and learn how to respond in an emergency to reverse a drug overdose.
- Know what to do if someone overdoses (or get a printable version).
- Learn the physical and behavioral warning signs of opioid use.
- If you or someone you love is using opioids, have a safety plan to prevent overdose. Review our safety plan checklist or get a printable version.
- Carry our emergency overdose resource cards to give to those who are looking for help; find out how to get a supply of cards.
- Remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from your 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.
- Learn about other resources in Virginia, including information for medical practitioners, law enforcement and information on treatment and recovery.