Investigating the Opioid Epidemic in Alexandria

Alexandria is not immune to the nationwide opioid epidemic, as overdoses, arrests and those seeking treatment have all grown exponentially here in the past two years. This multi-part series examines various facets of the crisis, from statistics to stories of Alexandrians affected by the opioid scourge.

City warns of fentanyl-laced cocaine

By Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected] After six people overdosed in Fairfax County on Tuesday morning, the city issued a warning of what is believed to...

City responds to recent overdose increase

By Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected] The number of opioid overdoses rose about 36% in Alexandria during 2020, reflecting statewide and national spikes in both fatal...

Alexandria launches Narcan delivery program

By Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected] The City of Alexandria has launched a delivery program to assist residents in obtaining Narcan, a nasal spray that can...

Friends of Guest House expands

By Arya Hodjat | [email protected] One Friday night in 2005, Terry Garrett decided she had had enough. She was in the midst of her second stint with...

Five residents overdose in three days

By Missy Schrott | [email protected] Police responded to five suspected opioid overdoses in three days, two resulting in fatalities, according to Gregg Ladislaw, captain of...

Opioid Work Group plans for action

By Missy Schrott | [email protected] Alexandria’s Opioid Work Group hosted an “Opioid Community Action Planning Meeting” on Monday to address the impact of the national...