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.

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...

City files lawsuit against opioid industry

By Missy Schrott | [email protected] 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 | [email protected] 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 | [email protected] A little more than a decade ago, Heidi Christiansen was leading what most would consider an ideal life in her...