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FAQs

What is Washington, DC doing to combat the opioid epidemic?

Preventing opioid addiction and deaths in our city requires a team approach with District and federal agencies, stakeholders, and community partners.

Washington, DC’s Opioid Working Group
The Opioid Working Group is made up of multiple District and federal government agencies including the Department of Behavioral Health, DC Health, Department of Health Care Finance, Department of Forensic Sciences, Fire and Emergency Management Services Department, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Metropolitan Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration and others.

This group meets monthly and is devoted to decreasing the morbidity and mortality from opioid use and addiction in the District of Columbia through a multi-disciplinary approach.

Washington, DC’s Opioid Strategic Plan Groups
Under the leadership of Mayor Bowser, a public-private group was convened to jointly draft and create a comprehensive strategic plan aimed at reducing opioid use, misuse and related deaths by 50 percent by 2020. The working group developed Washington, DC's Strategic Plan to Reduce Opioid Use, Misuse, and Related Deaths.

Read the Strategic Plan

The group consists of the following:

  • DC Government Agencies
  • Washington, DC Councilmembers
  • Hospital Leaders
  • Physicians
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers
  • Community-Based Service Providers
  • Harm Reduction Advocates
  • Federal Partners
  • Individuals in Recovery from Substance Use Disorder

The public-private group will continue to meet quarterly through 2020 to work together on each specific goal of the Plan to ensure its successful implementation.

How can I access treatment for my opioid addiction?

Access to quality treatment is important for individuals as they make the decision to start the treatment process for opioid use disorder. Washington, DC is well equipped with multiple options that are designed to provide the best and the most appropriate level of care for those seeking treatment.

If you need help with your opioid addiction, call the 24/7 Access HelpLine at 1(888) 793-4357 or visit the ARC Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at 77 P Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002.

To learn about our treatment options, read more here.

Where can I get naloxone?

Naloxone is a lifesaving medication that helps reverse opioid overdoses. Naloxone is FDA-approved and can be easily administered by non-medical professionals. It works relatively quickly, is painless, requires no assembly and contains a pre-measured dose to reduce medication dosing errors.

We encourage opioid users and their family and friends to keep naloxone around at all times. Having this medication quickly accessible can help to save lives.

In need of naloxone? There are a number of ways to get it:

  • Call 1-888-7WE-HELP 24/7 to find out where you can receive free naloxone kits.
  • Naloxone is available at the following sites:
    *Please note that some sites may only provide naloxone to clients being serviced. Those sites are noted by an asterisk*
    • Georgetown Hoya DOPE Project
      (202) 468-4816
      Hoyaclinic.som.georgetown.edu
    • Department of Human Services Homeless Shelters and Homeless Outreach Team

Banneker Recreation Center (2500 Georgia Ave, NW)
Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th Street, SE)
Kennedy Recreation Center (1401 7th Street, NW)
King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N Street, SW)
The Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) (425 2nd Street, NW)
801 East Shelter: 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE
New York Avenue Shelter: 1355 New York Avenue, NE
Adams Place Shelter & Drop-In Center: 2210 Adams Place, NE
Harriet Tubman Shelter & Day Center: 1900 Massachusetts Ave SE, Bldg. 27
Patricia Handy Place for Women: 810 5th St. NW
Nativity Shelter for Women: 6010 Georgia Ave., NW

  • FMCS- 2041 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020
  • HIPS- 906 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
  • DC Health & Wellness Center- 77 P St., NE Washington, DC 20002
  • Mary’s Center- 2333 Ontario Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009*
  • CSOSA- 1900 Massachusetts Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003*
  • Department of Behavioral Health-Clinical Services- 35 K Street N. E., Washington, DC 20002*
  • Unity- 3020 14th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20009, US*
  • Kalorama Pharmacy- 1841 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
  • Grubbs Pharmacy, NW- 1517 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Morgan Pharmacy (3001 P Street, NW)
  • Grubbs Care Pharmacy NE (326 East Capitol Street, NE)
  • Grubbs Care Pharmacy SE (1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE)
  • Kalorama Pharmacy (1841 Kalorama Road, NW)
  • Good Care Pharmacy (2910 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE)
  • Excel Pharmacy (3923 S. Capitol Street, SW)
  • CVS #22 (320 40th Street, NE)
  • CVS #1340 (845 Bladensburg Road, NE)
  • CVS #1354 (2601 Connecticut Avenue, NW)
  • CVS #1360 (2834 Alabama Avenue, SE)
  • CVS #1364 (6514 Georgia Avenue, NW)
  • CVS #2834 (3031 14th Street, NW)
  • Safeway #1445 (2845 Alabama Avenue, SE)
  • Walgreens #15360 (801 7th Street, NW)
  • Walgreens #16049 – Howard University Hospital (2041 Georgia Avenue, NW)
  • Giant #384 (1535 Alabama Avenue, SE)
  • Ask your doctor to write you a prescription for naloxone and pick it up at a local pharmacy.

To attend an upcoming naloxone training to learn how to administer the medication, please visit: https://dchealth.dc.gov/opioids.

Who is most affected by the opioid epidemic in Washington, DC?
  • Approximately 80% of all overdoses due to opioid drug use happened among adults between the ages of 40-69, and such deaths were most prevalent among people ages 50-59.
  • Overall, 82% of all deaths were among African-Americans. This trend has remained consistent across years.
  • Fatal overdoses due to opioid drug use were more common among males (74% of deaths were males).
  • From 2014 to 2017, opioid-related fatal overdoses were most prevalent in Wards 7 and 8.
  • 89% of DC opioid users are over 40 years old and 58% are more than 50 years old.
  • 22% have been using heroin (primary used opioid in Washington, DC) for more than 40 years, 59% for more than 25 years, and 88% for more than 10 years.
How many opioid related deaths are there in Washington, DC?

Opioid related deaths by year in Washington, DC:

Year Number of Fatal Overdoses
2014 83
2015 114
2016 233
2017 281
2018* 213

*2018 number suggests a downward trend in fatal opioid overdoses*

What is the most commonly used opioid in Washington, DC?

Heroin is the most commonly used opioid in Washington, DC. Find out more about commonly used opioids in the District here[PDF].

What does the data say about opioids in Washington, DC?

We collect several data to inform our strategies for targeting opioid use disorder in the District. Find out more detailed information our data here.

 
To access treatment, call DBH’s Access Helpline at 1(888)7WE-HELP or 1-888-793-4357
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