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We are committed to reversing the opioid epidemic in Washington, DC! We are working across District government agencies, federal government agencies, medical/hospital leaders, advocates, providers and the community to ensure we have a collaborative and comprehensive approach to end this crisis. This is a collective responsibility; a shared effort to ensure each resident in Washington, DC has the proper supports to live an opioid free life.



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.

Our Assessment and Referral Center (ARC) provides same-day assessment and referral for individuals seeking treatment for opioid addiction (and all substances). The Department of Behavioral Health has qualified clinicians onsite to conduct a comprehensive assessment that includes the nature of the addiction, use history, any mental health care needs and overall health status. Once the appropriate level of care is determined, an individual can choose from a list of certified providers for treatment that is tailored to his/her personal experience and life circumstances.

Services include detoxification, treatment (including medication assisted treatment), individual and group counseling, self-help and recovery activities, and, in some cases, residential treatment. Women can bring their children under 10 years old to live with them in certain residential programs.

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 am to 6 pm, at 77 P Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002.

Certified Substance Use Treatment Providers

The DC Department of Behavioral Health certifies providers to deliver services that support individual recovery with qualified, culturally competent staff in a safe facility. Services include diagnostic assessment, medication, counseling and community support. Providers are located across the District. Individuals can choose the one that best serves their needs from the list provided on https://dbh.dc.gov/services.

Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), including opioid treatment programs (OTPs), combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. Search the following link to get contact information for OTPs (methadone) in the District of Columbia: https://dpt2.samhsa.gov/treatment. Search the following link to get contact information for buprenorphine-waivered practitioners: https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/practitioner-program-data/treatment-practitioner-locator.

Treatment Services for Adolescents

The DC Department of Behavioral Health offers treatment and support for teens and young adults up to age 21 seeking help for drug or alcohol challenges. Call any of the certified community-based providers listed below for an appointment.

Federal City Recovery Services (Ward 6)
316 F Street, NE, Suite 118
(202) 710-1850

Hillcrest Children’s Center (Ward 4)
244-46 Taylor Street, NW
(202) 232-6100

Latin American Youth Center (Ward 1)
1419 Columbia Rd., NW
(202) 319-2229

Riverside Treatment Center (Ward 8)
2041 MLK, Jr. Ave., SE
(202) 889-3182



Recovery from opioid addiction is possible. We want to make sure that all Washington, DC residents have the proper supports needed for wherever they may be on their recovery journey.

Freedom from addiction is essential to one’s wellness and ability to live long. Millions of lives have been transformed through recovery and are living proof that prevention works, treatment is effective and recovery is possible.

Our Recovery Support Services include the following:

  • Recovery Support Evaluation
  • Care Coordination Services
  • Recovery Coaching and Mentoring
  • Life Skills Support
  • Education Support Services (individual and group options)
  • Transportation (public only)
  • Environmental Stability
  • Supported Employment
  • Supported Housing

To learn more about Recovery Support Services, please contact:
[email protected]
(202) 673-4377


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
    • 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.

Needle Exchange

The DC Needle Exchange Program is a use harm reduction strategy aimed at reducing the spread of infection through unclean needles and connecting individuals to opioid treatment.

We support three Washington, DC based syringe exchange service providers. Find out more here.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Our Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) aims to improve our ability to identify and reduce the misuse of prescription drugs in an efficient and cost effective manner that will not impede the appropriate medical utilization of controlled substances; and to enhance patient care by providing prescription monitoring information to prescribers that will assure legitimate use of controlled substances in health care, including palliative care, research and other medical and pharmacological uses.


Preventing the onset of opioid use among youth and reducing substance use risk factors for adolescents, families and communities is key! Changing perceptions, attitudes, behaviors and local conditions that increase the risk of opioid use are primary goals of our prevention efforts.

Prevention Campaigns

We have developed an ongoing set of public awareness campaigns to share information about the dangers of opioid use. These campaigns target those that are most likely to be exposed to opioids or those who are most susceptible to opioid overdose.

Below is a list of active prevention campaigns:


DC Prevention Centers

DC Prevention Centers are designed to strengthen the community’s capacity to prevent and curtail the use of drugs at the local level. Each center focuses on building collaborations and partnership across all eight wards to promote healthy drug-free living.

The staff at each Center works with communities and neighborhoods to provide substance use education, engage community leaders, youth and families in taking action to reduce the risks and use of opioid use and addresses local conditions and elements that lead to substance abuse. 

DC Prevention Centers are conveniently located throughout the city serving residents in Washington, DC. Each Center serves two ward designations. There is a Center for Wards 1 & 2; Wards 3 & 4, Wards 5 & 6, and Wards 7 & 8.


Washington, DC is the recipient of federal funding that helps to enhance our opioid related efforts.

State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant

This two-year grant helps us to address the opioid crisis by:

  • Increasing access to treatment
  • Reducing treatment need
  • Reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder

To date, we have used the grant funding in the following ways:

  • Prevention: Designed and implemented an awareness campaign to educate heroin users on the benefits of naloxone, thus helping to prevent overdoses.
  • Treatment Services: Placed clinical care coordinators and peer recovery specialists in DBH contracted methadone clinics and a primary care physician practice group providing buprenorphine. This approach helps to educate users on different treatment options and increase their access to physical healthcare.
  • Recovery Support: Trained recovery coaches through a 5-day nationally recognized recovery coach training curriculum for medication assisted treatment and opioid use disorder competency. This work helps to strengthen the recovery support professional workforce.

Learn more about this grant here.

State Opioid Response Grant

This grant will help us address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders (OUD), reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for OUD (including heroin, illicit fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, and prescription opioids).

Specifically, funding will support our efforts to:

  • Ensure equitable and timely access to high-quality opioid use disorder treatment;
  • Create public awareness campaigns about the risk of opioid use disorder and effective prevention and treatment;
  • Engage health professionals, organizations and schools in the prevention and early intervention of substance use disorder among District residents;
  • Support the awareness and availability of, and access to, harm reduction services in the District that is consistent with evolving best practice;
  • Develop and implement a shared vision between the District’s justice and public health agencies to address the needs of individuals with opioid use disorder who come in contact with the criminal justice system; and
  • Prepare for program sustainability through evaluation, planning, and performance monitoring and training

Learn more about this grant here.

State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS) Grant

The District will use the funding to provide more timely and comprehensive data on fatal and nonfatal opioid overdoses and risk factors associated with fatal overdoses to:

  • Increase the timeliness of reporting nonfatal opioid overdoses through syndromic surveillance (emergency department and emergency medical services data)
  • Increase the timeliness and comprehensiveness of reporting fatal opioid overdoses through the State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS), which captures detailed information on toxicology, death scene investigations, route of administration, and other risk factors that may be associated with a fatal overdose associated risk factors; and
  • Disseminate surveillance findings to key stakeholders in order to inform prevention and response efforts for opioid-involved overdoses

Learn more about this grant here.

The Prescription Drug Overdose: Data-Driven Prevention Initiative (DDPI) Grant

The District will use the funding to support efforts to end the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States. This program will help the District advance and evaluate their actions to address opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose. That includes increasing their ability to:

  • Improve data collection and analysis around opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose;
  • Develop strategies that impact behaviors driving prescription opioid dependence and abuse; and
  • Work with communities to develop more comprehensive opioid overdose prevention programs.

Learn more about this grant here. (PDF)

Cooperative Agreement for Emergency Response: Public Health Crisis Response Grant

The District will use the funding to complete projects that fall in the realm of enhanced surveillance and data-driven initiatives to supplement the current grant awards. This includes strengthening the:

  • Incident Management for Early Crisis Response
  • Jurisdictional Recovery
  • Biosurveillance
  • Information Management
  • Countermeasures and Mitigation
  • Surge Management

Learn more about this grant here. (PDF)


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