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Save One Life

We each have a role to play in keeping our loved ones and community safe from opioid misuse. Together, we can #Save1Life!

Ways to help

Carry Narcan

Narcan (also known as the generic Naloxone) is a medication that reverses opioid overdose. It’s now available over-the-counter, and some local organizations offer it at no cost. 

We encourage everyone to add Narcan to your first aid kit.

You can obtain free Narcan/Naloxone from the following agencies following a rapid 10-15 minute training. Please call ahead to ensure staff availability.

  • Fredericksburg Health Department
    608 Jackson Street
  • Caroline County Health Department
    17202 Richmond Turnpike
  • King George County Health Department
    8097 Kings Highway
  • Spotsylvania County Health Department
    9104 Courthouse Road
  • Stafford County Health Department
    1300 Courthouse Road

    Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB)

    • Fredericksburg Clinic
      600 Jackson Street
    • Caroline County Clinic
      19254 Rogers Clark Boulevard
    • King George County Clinic
      8479 St. Anthony’s Road
    • Spotsylvania County Clinic
      7424 Brock Road
    • Stafford County Clinic
      15 Hope Road

    You can obtain free Narcan with the following providers:

    Mail order Naloxone is available through the Chris Atwood Foundation at: https://www.thecaf.org/get-narcan

    Practice Prevention

    Keep Your Medications Safe

    Know what’s in your medicine cabinet and who has access to it. Use medication lockboxes to limit access. 

    Safely Dispose of Old, Expired, and Unused Medication

    Local law enforcement offices and some pharmacies have collection boxes. Find one here.

    National Drug Take Back events happen twice a year. Locally, this effort is Operation Medicine Cabinet.

    Medication disposal kits are available throughout the community. 

    Educate and Advocate

    • Learn about substance mis-use and abuse.
    • Educate yourself on prescribing practices as well as alternatives for pain management.
    • Talk with your doctor and dentist about prescriptions and medications you’re taking.
    • Talk with your family, friends and neighbors to increase awareness and reduce stigma associated with substance use.

    people in Virginia died from opioid overdoses in 2022.

    people in Planning District 16 died from opioid overdoses in 2021.

    The impact to our community is devastating.

    In 2021, an average of 7 Virginians died of a drug overdose every day. 

    In February 2023, there were 26 visits to the emergency department for overdoses in Spotsylvania County. 

    Ten people died from prescription opioid overdose in 2022 in Stafford County. 

    Opioid overdose accounted for more than 47% of the poisoning deaths among children ages 0 to 5 years between 2005 and 2018.

    92% of pediatric opioid poisonings occur in the child’s home.



    What is Harm Reduction?

    Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.

    Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs. (National Harm Reduction Coalition)

    Towards this approach and in an effort to stop opiate overdose there are local resources for Methadone, Suboxone, Narcan, drug testing kits, therapy, and case management. Harm Reduction kits are available at various community providers. Kits include at least: first aid, sharps disposal container, sterile water, Narcan, Xylazine and Fentanyl test strips.

    Examples of harm reduction approaches include:

    • Overdose reversal education/training services
    • Narcan/Naloxone availability
    • linkage to HIV and viral Hepatitis prevention, testing, treatment, and care services
    • Substance use kits/safer sex kits
    • Sharps disposal/medical disposal kits
    • Medication Lock Boxes
    • Access to and/or providing supplies to promote safe injection practices
    • supervised consumption sites
    • Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

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