Police: Alexandria sees ‘dramatic increase’ in opioid overdoses

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — Police are warning of potential drug contamination after six opioid overdoses in the last seven days in Alexandria, and one death as a result.

The police department was quick to clarify that they don’t condone drug use, but are concerned about the medical safety and integrity of the opioids (including heroin) currently circulating in the region.

They say the opioids could be “extremely concentrated” or “mixed with something unusual” that is causing a spike in overdoses.

For help with an addiction, Alexandria City residents can call 703-746-3535 for treatment services and referrals, and 703-746-3636 for detox services which are available 24/7. Non-city residents can find treatment options at samhsa.gov and 800-662-HELP (4357).

Anyone with information regarding these overdoses is asked to call the Alexandria Police Department at 703-746-6277.