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.

Opioids in Alexandria Part 7: Addiction knows no bounds

By Alexa Epitropoulos | aepitropoulos@alextimes.com A little more than a decade ago, Heidi Christiansen was leading what most would consider an ideal life in her...

Opioids in Alexandria Part 6: Justice in the midst of crisis

By Alexa Epitropoulos and Missy Schrott | aepitropoulos@alextimes.com Before the opioid epidemic reached a fever pitch in 2015, the Alexandria Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney...

Alexandria police arrest two men implicated in heroin trafficking

By Alexa Epitropoulos | aepitropoulos@alextimes.com  Two men have been arrested for suspected roles in a heroin trafficking network following a two-year narcotics investigation, according to...

Opioids in Alexandria Part 5: What makes the drugs dangerous and...

By Missy Schrott | mschrott@alextimes.com Lieutenant Michael Kochis, commander of the Alexandria Police Department’s vice and narcotics section, said the feeling of addiction withdrawal from...

My View: Overhearing treatment of an opioid overdose

Thump, thump, thump. “Come on buddy, come on buddy,” the voice loudly exhorted from the other side of the partition. Beep, beep. “Powering up, powering, CLEAR,”...

Opioids in Alexandria Part 4: The opioid crisis through an EMT’s...

By Alexa Epitropoulos | aepitropoulos@alextimes.com Alexandria paramedic Chad Shade’s idea of an emergency is different from that of most people. Shade, a 14-year veteran of the...
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