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Saving and Changing the Lives of People Affected by the Opioid Epidemic

LIVE.LONG.DC, the Mayor Bowser's plan to address the opioid epidemic, mobilizes the community to fight the epidemic with strong interagency coordination and community input and a range of direct services and supports for individuals with substance use disorders.

Our goal is to reduce opioid use, misuse and related deaths to save lives.

Rapid, Easy Access to Care

  • Opioid use disorder treatment is available in every Ward from 33 providers.
  • Eliminated the $1 co-pay for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in 2020, allowing people to get medications to treat opioid use disorder free of charge.
    • More than 2,000 residents are managing this chronic, relapsing disease with MAT.  
  • Added specialized services for youth, pregnant and parenting women, LGBTQ+, and residents in DC Jail.
  • 24/7 crisis care and 24/7 access to care in hospitals, clinics and DC Jail.

In FY2023

Aggressive Overdose Surveillance

  • The ability to determine what drugs are in the drug supply.  
  • Real-time surveillance to deploy teams to areas where spikes in overdoses occur. 

Harm Reduction Services

Opioid overdose deaths is preventable. A key part of opioid overdose harm reduction is naloxone – a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. The District has made free naloxone widely available, with no prescription or ID required for all residents in the District.

  • 5,267 suspected overdoses reversed with naloxone, saving thousands of lives. (MPD and community partners data from 10/1/2019-7/31/23; FEMS data from 3/28/22-7/31/23)
  • Fentanyl test strips are available free of charge at community-based organizations and in vending machines throughout the city.

  • New Stabilization Center at 35 K Street, NE launched in October 2023.
  • Four mobile and site-based syringe service programs that provide clean needles to prevent infection and disease transmission and clean up used supplies.
  • Made naloxone available in all DC public schools and 71% of charter schools, and to shelters and residents who are unhoused. 


Prevention and Education

  • Increased outreach through 40 community partners and faith-based organizations
  • Targeted social marketing campaigns including:
    • “Be Ready”: naloxone distribution
    • “Hope”: engaging people who use in treatment
    • “Pause and Play": youth drug education campaign
    • “My Recovery DC”: personal stories of recovery and connections to peer support.
  • Youth Ambassadors in the four Prevention Centers serving all 8 Wards to provide drug education, raise awareness of treatment and support resources available in the community.

In FY2023  

The Live.Long.DC campaign achieved 168,563,900 media impressions. Seven faith-based organizations reached 20,771 people through over 203 community events and 214 naloxone trainings. Over 37,000 individuals attended community events where opioid and stimulant education materials were distributed.

Treatment and Recovery

  • Certified treatment providers are available in every Ward from 33 community-based agencies. 
  • Assessment and referral services can be obtained from any DBH-certified provider and the Assessment and Referral Center (ARC). 
  • Supported Employment to help people with substance use disorders obtain and retain gainful employment.
  • Geomapping of treatment provider locations to visually show residents where they can seek care based on their location.
  • Peer services and supports from individuals with lived experience.
  • Recovery housing provided for 500 individuals annually. 
  • HIV testing and referral to care.
  • Increased availability of the community response team that provides assessment, oureach, and referals to care.

In FY2023

DBH coordinates a network of providers who offer opioid treatment services in a variety of settings: clinic, primary care centers, and even the D.C. Jail.

4,525 free rides to or from treatment were provided to individuals in treatment. 2,398 individual referrals were made to recovery support services.
507 individuals with opioid use disorder or other substance use disorders were provided recovery housing. 204 individuals received recovery support services 204 at a peer-operated center, where there were 51 linkages to employment-related services and 302 linkages to treatment services. 28 residents returning from incarceration were housed.


  • 7 public health vending machines offering anonymous and free access to naloxone, fentanyl test strips, wound care, and hygiene kits located across the city. 
  • Behavioral health co-response with Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) to residents who experience an overdose. 
  • Increased availability of the Community Response Team that provides assessment, outreach, and referrals to care. 
  • Geomapping of treatment provider locations to visually show residents where they can go to seek care based on where they are in the city.

Harm Reduction Centers: Fire Station Engine #2 Fire Station Engine #7 Fire Station Engine #27 Fire Station Engine #33 Bread for the City Bread for the City Whitman-Walker Max Robinson Center 500 F ST. NW 1101 Half St. SW 4260 Minnesota Ave. NE 101 Atlantic St. SE 1525 7th St. NW 1700 Good Hope Rd. SE 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. 

Harm Reduction Vending Machine Locations

Current Focus and Priorities

  • Conducting intensive outreach to engage individuals who experience a nonfatal overdose in care.  
  • Targeted outreach to raise awareness of the dangers of using alone since 66% of those who had a fatal overdose in 2022 died in their homes or the home of a friend. 
  • Developing new youth drug education fentanyl awareness campaigns.
  • Expand the availability of treatment and recovery housing and supports for youth. 
  • Increasing 24/7 availability of services on demand.
  • Targeting occupations at high risk of overdose including construction workers, nightlife workers and healthcare professionals. 
  • Distributing naloxone to private businesses and universities. 

Key Facts

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DC versus National Trend for Opioid Overdose Deaths





Fatal versus Suspected Non-Fatal Opioid Overdose by Ward

Naloxone Units Distributed to Pharmacies and Community-Based Institutions (CBOs)

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How to Get Services

  • Text “LiveLongDC” to 888-811 for naloxone, test strips, or service locations.
  • For crisis mental health or substance abuse services, call 988. 
  • For connections to care, call the Access HelpLine at 1-888-7WEHELP or 1-888-793-4357.
  • For clean-up of drug paraphernalia or syringe services, call Access Helpline at 1-888-793-4357.
  • Visit to access a free, online naloxone training module.
  • Email [email protected] with training requests for groups of five or more to be lead by a certified naloxone trainer.