Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria is a workgroup of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria
The vision of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria is a community whose various parts—parents, youth, schools, city health and recreation services, non-profits, businesses, policymakers and law enforcement— work collaboratively and cross-culturally, sharing the responsibility to prevent youth substance abuse.

Join Building Better Futures for a fun virtual information session on September 17 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. The information...
09/16/2020

Join Building Better Futures for a fun virtual information session on September 17 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. The information session is open to parents and students interested in joining the program. We hope to see you there! Learn how to join at preventitalexandria.org
The Campagna Center

Help keep our community safe by locking up guns and medication. Limiting access to lethal means is one way you can help ...
09/16/2020

Help keep our community safe by locking up guns and medication. Limiting access to lethal means is one way you can help prevent suicide in Alexandria. Learn how to receive free locking medication boxes and firearm trigger or cable locks at alexandriava.gov/dchs/info/default.aspx?id=109758 #SPM20

If you ask someone if they are thinking about suicide and they say yes, #BeThe1To keep them safe. Separate them from any...
09/15/2020

If you ask someone if they are thinking about suicide and they say yes, #BeThe1To keep them safe. Separate them from anything they are thinking of using to hurt themselves. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/dchs/info/default.aspx?id=109758
#SPM20

While being physically present may not be an option right now due to #COVID19, there are still many other ways to #BeThe...
09/13/2020

While being physically present may not be an option right now due to #COVID19, there are still many other ways to #BeThere for someone else. Learn how you can get involved in National Suicide Prevention Month at alexandriava.gov/dchs/info/default.aspx?id=109758
#SPM20

When someone is struggling, one way to support them is to listen and let them share at their own speed. You can also off...
09/12/2020

When someone is struggling, one way to support them is to listen and let them share at their own speed. You can also offer to connect them to help. Learn more tips and check out resources for coping at alexandriava.gov/dchs/info/default.aspx?id=109758 Together, we #KeepGoing #SPM20

If you’ve lost someone to suicide, you’re not alone. The Lifeline is available 24/7 if you need someone to talk to. Call...
09/10/2020

If you’ve lost someone to suicide, you’re not alone. The Lifeline is available 24/7 if you need someone to talk to. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or find additional resources at alexandriava.gov/dchs/info/default.aspx?id=109758 #BeThe1To #SPM20

Join the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia for “Strengthening Resiliency and Preventing Suicide During th...
09/10/2020

Join the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia for “Strengthening Resiliency and Preventing Suicide During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Conversation with Experts,” a virtual event on Tuesday, September 29, from 6-7:30 p.m. Learn more and register at preventitalexandria.org

Happy with your career and education choices? The Youth Development Team is inviting local professionals and college or ...
09/10/2020

Happy with your career and education choices? The Youth Development Team is inviting local professionals and college or technical school graduates to submit short videos about their choices to encourage Alexandria teens to learn about and explore college and career options. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/117296.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to focus ef...
09/10/2020

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most. Learn how to get help for yourself or someone else: alexandriava.gov/dchs/info/default.aspx?id=109758 Together, we #KeepGoing

Wishing everyone a great first day of school! Whether virtual or in-person, this year will be different and challenging....
09/08/2020

Wishing everyone a great first day of school! Whether virtual or in-person, this year will be different and challenging. Check out our resource page to help you & your teen(s) navigate this unique year. https://www.alexandriava.gov/dchs/info/default.aspx?id=114384

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If someone you know is thinking about suicide, take the next step and #BeThe1To be there. Listen to their reasons for fe...
09/08/2020

If someone you know is thinking about suicide, take the next step and #BeThe1To be there. Listen to their reasons for feeling hopeless and in pain. Listen without judgment and with compassion and empathy. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/dchs/info/default.aspx?id=109758
#BeThere #SPM20

It can be hard to talk about your mental health, particularly if you’re struggling. But reaching out for help is a neces...
09/06/2020

It can be hard to talk about your mental health, particularly if you’re struggling. But reaching out for help is a necessary step to take in feeling better. It’s also a strong thing to do. Learn more about getting help at alexandriava.gov/dchs/info/default.aspx?id=109758 Together, we #KeepGoing #SPM20

If you think someone might be considering suicide, take the first step and #BeThe1To ask. Ask directly, “Are you thinkin...
09/04/2020

If you think someone might be considering suicide, take the first step and #BeThe1To ask. Ask directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” Learn more at https://bddy.me/2QUa5iV
#SPM20

09/04/2020
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Did you know that opioid addiction is a disease? It affects the brain and the body. But there is hope. Millions of lives are being transformed through treatment and recovery programs. Educate yourself and others. Share this video and tag three people or organizations to share it with their networks. Find out about opioids and treatment and recovery options at alexandriava.gov/Opioids.

Police Department, City of Alexandria, Virginia
Inova Alexandria Hospital
The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray

Alexandria youth are invited to submit videos explaining why they don’t vape for an educational social media campaign. H...
09/03/2020

Alexandria youth are invited to submit videos explaining why they don’t vape for an educational social media campaign. Help us spread the word with youth in our community! Learn more here: conta.cc/352uRFa

09/03/2020
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Did you know 46,802 overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2018 involved opioids? Did you know that Narcan can save the life of someone who is overdosing on opioids? You can get this easy to use nasal spray for free. Educate yourself and others. Share this video and tag three people or organizations to share it with their networks. Learn more about opioids and where you can pick up Narcan at alexandriava.gov/Opioids.

Police Department, City of Alexandria, Virginia
Inova Alexandria Hospital
The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray

09/02/2020
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Did you know that fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is 50 times more potent than morphine? Or that fentanyl can be pressed into counterfeit pills without your knowledge? Educate yourself and others. Share this video and tag three people or organizations to share it with their networks. Learn more about opioid misuse and treatment at alexandriava.gov/Opioids.

Police Department, City of Alexandria, Virginia
Inova Alexandria Hospital
The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray

Looking for available child care options? Watch a video of the “Virtual Child Care Open House,” an August 19 online even...
09/01/2020

Looking for available child care options? Watch a video of the “Virtual Child Care Open House,” an August 19 online event hosted by the Emergency Child Care Collaborative and Smart Beginnings Alexandria that featured 10 local child care and out of school time providers, including video walk-thrus of facilities and presentations about services. Learn more about the event and access the video at alexandriava.gov/117495.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Join us in promoting suicide prevention awareness in our community. If y...
09/01/2020

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Join us in promoting suicide prevention awareness in our community. If you or someone you know needs help, call 1.800.273.8255 to talk to someone now. You are not alone. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/dchs/info/default.aspx?id=109758.

09/01/2020
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Did you know that anyone can misuse or overdose on opioids? A family member or neighbor, friend or coworker could be at risk. Millions of Americans report misusing prescription drugs, and more than 46,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2018. Educate yourself and others. Share this video and tag three people or organizations to share it with their networks. Learn more about opioid misuse and treatment at alexandriava.gov/Opioids.

Police Department, City of Alexandria, Virginia
Inova Alexandria Hospital
The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray

On September 1, the City’s Opioid Work Group is launching “Think you know about opioids? Think again,” a social media ca...
08/31/2020

On September 1, the City’s Opioid Work Group is launching “Think you know about opioids? Think again,” a social media campaign to raise awareness about opioids, misuse, overdose risks, treatment and recovery. The Work Group invites social media users to share four short videos and tag three others to share the content with their own networks. View and share the videos and access sample media posts at alexandriava.gov/Opioids.

Why is City Hall lit up purple? Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, and the City is joining other communities...
08/31/2020

Why is City Hall lit up purple? Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, and the City is joining other communities around the world to raise awareness and understanding of addiction prevention and treatment. The lights will be up through September 1, the first day of National #RecoveryMonth. Learn more about this event and other opportunities to raise awareness at alexandriava.gov/117381. #EndOverdose #IOAD2020

Check out SAPCA's August newsletter for information about our work, community announcements and COVID-19 resources. cont...
08/31/2020

Check out SAPCA's August newsletter for information about our work, community announcements and COVID-19 resources. conta.cc/2EMGeX0

Families, please participate in this online survey to help assess child care needs and preferences in Alexandria during ...
08/26/2020
Child Care Needs During the Pandemic

Families, please participate in this online survey to help assess child care needs and preferences in Alexandria during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Child Care Collaborative and Smart Beginnings Alexandria are working with regional partners on the Child Care Task Force to support families and providers facing child care challenges resulting from the pandemic. Your response will help them better understand and address the needs and preferences of all families in our community. The survey is open through Sunday, August 30.
https://www.research.net/r/AlexandriaVA-ChildCareNeedsDuringthePandemic

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For the latest information about resources and programs supporting the safety, self-sufficiency and well-being of reside...
08/24/2020

For the latest information about resources and programs supporting the safety, self-sufficiency and well-being of residents of Alexandria during #COVID19 and beyond, follow the Department of Community and Human Services on Facebook and Twitter. Share this post to help us get the word out to those in need.
facebook.com/DCHSAlexandriaVA/
twitter.com/DCHS_AlexVA

If someone at home is hurting you or someone else, make a call for help. We’re here for you. Learn more at alexandriava....
08/22/2020

If someone at home is hurting you or someone else, make a call for help. We’re here for you. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/ChildAbuse #VaSafetyKey #VaSafeAndSound

Happy with your career and education choices? The Youth Development Team is inviting local professionals and college or ...
08/21/2020

Happy with your career and education choices? The Youth Development Team is inviting local professionals and college or technical school graduates to submit short videos about their choices to encourage Alexandria teens to learn about and explore college and career options. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/117296.

Department of Community & Human Services, City of Alexandria, VA

If someone around you is a threat to you or a family member’s safety, please make a call for help. Learn more at alexand...
08/21/2020

If someone around you is a threat to you or a family member’s safety, please make a call for help. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/ChildAbuse #VaSafeAndSound

Anyone experiencing abuse or neglect deserves help. Calling for help is the first step. If it doesn’t look safe, sound s...
08/20/2020

Anyone experiencing abuse or neglect deserves help. Calling for help is the first step. If it doesn’t look safe, sound safe or feel safe, know that we are here to help. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/ChildAbuse #VaSafeAndSound

If something doesn’t look safe, sound safe or feel safe, know that we are here to help. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/C...
08/19/2020

If something doesn’t look safe, sound safe or feel safe, know that we are here to help. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/ChildAbuse #VaSafeAndSound

Do you have unwanted or expired medications? Dispose of them at one of three permanent drop boxes located at The Neighbo...
08/18/2020

Do you have unwanted or expired medications? Dispose of them at one of three permanent drop boxes located at The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, the Alexandria Police Department Headquarters, and Inova Alexandria Hospital. Details: http://alexandriava.gov/Opioids
Police Department, City of Alexandria, Virginia

Did you know that 54% of individuals who misused painkillers got them from a friend or relative? The best way to fight t...
08/17/2020

Did you know that 54% of individuals who misused painkillers got them from a friend or relative? The best way to fight the opioid epidemic is to take away the temptation for misuse by disposing of unused or expired medication safely. Learn more about safe medication disposal at alexandriava.gov/Opioids

The City has responded to nine substance-related, nonfatal drug overdoses since July 24, including seven opioid overdose...
08/17/2020
City of Alexandria Alerts Public to Local Rise in Drug Overdoses, Availability of Treatment and Recovery Programs

The City has responded to nine substance-related, nonfatal drug overdoses since July 24, including seven opioid overdoses. While each incident was unrelated, City officials are concerned that individual and collective stress related to the #COVID19 pandemic may be linked to increased substance use. Learn more about risks associated with use of opioids, how to obtain the life-saving overdose drug, Narcan, and treatment options at alexandriava.gov/117221.

The City has responded to nine substance-related, nonfatal drug overdoses since July 24. While each incident was unrelated, and no definite trend has emerged, City officials are concerned that individual and collective stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic may be linked to increased substance use.

INFO :: The City has launched a free service to provide Spanish-speaking subscribers with accurate and timely text messa...
08/17/2020

INFO :: The City has launched a free service to provide Spanish-speaking subscribers with accurate and timely text messages. Topics include jobs and training; housing and rent assistance; food assistance; the public charge rule; healthcare and mental health; local COVID-19 information; childcare and more, including opportunities to make the voices of the Latinx community heard. Text ALEXINFOESP to 888777 to receive messages in Spanish from the City. For more information in Spanish, follow the link below.
https://www.alexandriava.gov/dchs/info/default.aspx?id=117119

The Alexandria Emergency Child Care Collaborative and Smart Beginnings Alexandria are hosting the Virtual Child Care Ope...
08/15/2020

The Alexandria Emergency Child Care Collaborative and Smart Beginnings Alexandria are hosting the Virtual Child Care Open House on August 19, 7-8:30 p.m., to showcase current child care programs available in Alexandria. Learn more about the event, including how to register, at alexandriava.gov/115056.

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