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.

Opioid Work Group plans for action

By Missy Schrott | mschrott@alextimes.com Alexandria’s Opioid Work Group hosted an “Opioid Community Action Planning Meeting” on Monday to address the impact of the national...

City files lawsuit against opioid industry

By Missy Schrott | mschrott@alextimes.com The City of Alexandria filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacy benefit managers for their role in creating...

Town hall meeting held on local opioid crisis

By Denise Dunbar | ddunbar@alextimes.com A town hall titled “A community conversation: Heroin & other opioids” took place Feb. 28 at the Minnie Howard Campus...

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...
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