October 2020 Newsletter
Announcements & Upcoming Events
City of Alexandria Hosts Drug Take Back Day

On October 24, 227 lbs of unused and expired medication were collected during the City of Alexandria's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Year-round, residents are encouraged to dispose of medication by visiting one of Alexandria's three permanent drop box locations or disposing of medication safely at home.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, and opioid prescription drugs are of particular concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 68% of the more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017 involved an opioid.

Visit alexandriava.gov/Opioids for more information about safe medicine disposal and Alexandria’s efforts regarding the opioid crisis.
City of Alexandria Warns of Potentially Altered Marijuana Following Recent Overdoses

The City of Alexandria is notifying the public of the potential that marijuana in the region may be mixed with unusual substances, after four recent overdoses in the nearby Prince William County Health District. One person died, and the other three were revived with Narcan (naloxone), suggesting that the marijuana may have been mixed with opioids. While use of any illegal drug is dangerous, City officials are urging residents to be especially cautious given these recent overdoses.

  • If you or someone you care about needs help with addiction, call 703.746.3636 24 hours a day. Individuals who do not live in Alexandria can find treatment options at samhsa.gov or by calling 800.662.HELP (4357).
  • If you have information regarding past overdoses, call the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.4444.
  • For life-threatening situations, call or text 911 immediately.
  • For more information on the opioid crisis and how the City is responding, including a printable flyer on overdose symptoms and how to get help, visit alexandriava.gov/Opioids.
Legislative Update: New Law in Effect

As of July 1, 2020, it is unlawful for a person to smoke in a motor vehicle in Virginia, whether in motion or at rest, when a minor under the age of fifteen is present in the motor vehicle. A violation of this law is punishable by a civil penalty of $100. Learn more about how to protect children from second-hand smoke while in a vehicle by checking out the flyers below.
Call for Nominations: SAPCA Officers and Board Members

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA) invites qualified and motivated individuals to submit nomination applications to serve as officers and members of the Board for SAPCA. Please send the nomination form to those you think are good candidates and interested in serving on the SAPCA Board.

We need current and future community leaders to provide their ideas, thoughts and time to reducing and ending youth substance use in Alexandria. 

Nominations are sought for the following positions:
  • Four officer positions - Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer (each with a two year term, January 2021-2023).
  • Five members of the Board of Directors (each with a two-year term, January 2021-2023). At least one member must be a youth.

Time Commitment 
SAPCA's Board of Directors, which includes its officers, meets monthly. The meetings are in the evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Nomination Guidelines
  1. Nominees must be members in good standing with SAPCA.
  2. Nominees may be adults or Alexandria middle and high school students (public or private grades 6-12).

Nomination Procedures
Nominations should be submitted using this form. The deadline to submit your nomination application is Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:00 p.m.
Enter the 2020 Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest

Each year from October 23-31, communities across the country celebrate Red Ribbon Week, an alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention awareness campaign. It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. This year's theme is: “Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free.” ACPS students are encouraged to enter the Red Ribbon Week poster contest for their chance to win a $100 gift card. Learn more about the poster contest, including how to enter, here. All entries must be submitted by November 8, 2020. 
City of Alexandria Launches Narcan by Mail Program

The City of Alexandria has launched a mail delivery program to make it easier for residents to obtain Narcan, an easy-to-use nasal spray that can save the life of someone experiencing an opioid overdose. Residents can obtain Narcan for free by emailing their name and mailing address to the City’s Opioid Response Coordinator at emily.bentley@alexandriava.gov.Residents can also obtain Narcan by appointment at the Alexandria Health Department by calling 703.746.4888.Narcan is also available without a prescription at all pharmacies.

For more information on Narcan and how to obtain it, visit alexandriava.gov/Opioids. If you or someone you care about need help with addiction, call 703.746.3636 (Virginia Relay 711), 24 hours a day. For help to stop using heroin or other opioids, call the Opioid Treatment Program intake line at 703.746.3610. Individuals who do not live in Alexandria can find treatment options at samhsa.gov or by calling 800.662.HELP (4357). For life-threatening situations, call or text 911 immediately. 
Domestic Violence Programs Partner to Raise Awareness

To recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this month the City of Alexandria’s Domestic Violence Program partnered with agencies across Northern Virginia to promote #PowerUpNOVA, a regional campaign to encourage Northern Virginians to consider their power as individuals and part of a larger community devoted to reducing and eliminating domestic and intimate partner violence. The campaign included recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Day (Wear Purple Day) on October 21 and offering several free, informative webinars and presentations for the community and survivors throughout the month.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive or coercive behavior such as physical assault, verbal abuse or threat of harm that an individual uses to exert power or control over another, particularly in the context of a family or intimate relationship. Acts of domestic abuse can be perpetrated by a current or former spouse or partner; by a parent, stepparent or other relative; in relationships such as dating between people who do not live together; and between persons of any genders.

If you or someone you know may be a victim of domestic violence, call 703.746.4911 to speak with someone about services offered. If someone is in immediate danger, always call or text 911.
ACAP Hosts "The State of Teen Pregnancy" Annual Data Presentation

Join the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) for a virtual community event on October 29 at 5:30 p.m. in recognition of ACAP's 20th anniversary and featuring the release of pregnancy data by the Alexandria Health Department and a proclamation by Mayor Justin Wilson. Join the community in celebrating 20 years of unwavering dedication to reducing teen pregnancy through evidence-based approaches and strong alliances between City agencies and community partners, including the Alexandria Health Department’s Teen Wellness Center and Alexandria City Public Schools. Click here to join the event.
Pushout Documentary Screening

Join Positive Schools Center to watch and discuss Pushout, a documentary about the experience of young Black girls in the school system. For more information, contact pushoutmd@gmail.com.
Alexandria 4-H Hosts Apple Pie Project

Celebrate the holidays with Alexandria 4-H. The 4-H Apple Pie Project is a family-friendly project suitable for all ages. Project kits are $15 each and include all non-perishable ingredients, a 9-inch pie tin, and a 4-H Welcome Gift. Kits must be ordered by Friday, November 13. Limited kits will be available for purchase. For full project details or to order kits, click here.tps://tinyurl.com/Alexandria4HApplePieProject
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Raise Awareness about Bullying Prevention and TXT 4 HELP

In recognition of October as National Bullying Prevention Month, the National Safe Place Network is providing resources to raise awareness about bullying prevention and highlight the ways in which we work to create a world where all youth are safe.
Additionally, persons in need of support can reach out using Safe Place’s TXT 4 HELP, a nationwide, 24-hour text-for-support service for teens that can be used for the same reason a young person may go to a Safe Place site - abuse, bullying, family problems, depression, suicidal thoughts, and others. TXT 4 HELP counselors can provide support via text and can offer additional suggestions for immediate help regardless of where youth are. Click here to learn more about Alexandria Safe Place.
Teen Wellness Center Offers Flu Shots

Come get your flu shot today at the Teen Wellness center. If you are under 18 you will need your parent or guardian permission. It's very important to get your flu shot this year. Protect your health and your family's health. Schedule an appointment by calling 703-746-4776 or text APPT to 571-329-2245. Be advised, like any other health care office, we are screening for COVID-19 to keep everyone safe.

¡Ven por la vacuna contra la gripe HOY al Centro de Salud para Adolescentes!
Si eres menor de 18 años, necesitas permiso de tus padres o tutor. Es muy importante que recibas la vacuna contra la gripe este año. Protege tu salud y la de tu familia.
Haz una cita hoy llamando al 703-746-4776 o envía APPT al 571-329-2245. Toma nota, como cualquier otra oficina de salud, te haremos preguntas para resguardar contra COVID-19.
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Emma Beall, MPH
SAPCA Coordinator
O: 703.746.3670 
C: 571.302.1022
Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria 
123 N Pitt St, Suite 225
Alexandria, VA 22314