Opioid Misuse Prevention

Crisis Resources

If you are in an emergency situation:
Dial 9-1-1 for immediate help.

Poison Control Centers: Fast, free, expert, poison help.
Toll-free: (800) 222-1222
Registered nurses are on standby to take your call 24/7.

Treatment and Recovery: Community Services Boards (CSBs)

This program does not provide emergency care or treatment. It is a healthcare provider training and education program.


The goal of the Virginia Department of Health Injury and Violence Prevention Program: Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Program is to collaborate with public health and safety partners statewide to reduce drug related poisoning deaths across the life span through a primary prevention approach. To learn more about partner efforts, click here

VDH coordinates several cross-cutting approaches through a public health framework:

Use data to monitor and evaluate the addiction epidemic

Collects, analyzes, and shares data and information to inform evidence-based and data-driven decision making.

Prevent injury and death from addiction

Implement provider-level strategies (prescription monitoring, education on safe
prescribing practices).

Expand provider-level strategies to respond to emerging trends (cocaine,

Increase access to naloxone.

Establish processes to address needs of infants born to mothers with addiction.

Increase education of the public and populations at higher risk for addiction.

Promote treatment as prevention (linkage to care, access to medications).

Prevent and reduce the disease of addiction:

Support development of regional and community coalitions.

Increase access to treatment via provider training on addiction disease management.

Advocate for and ensure access to treatment for substance use.

Support expansion of medication assisted treatment (MAT).

Collaborate to implement successful policy strategies.

VDH continues to work closely with its federal, state, and local partners to meet these priorities.


Agency and Federal

To learn more about the Virginia Department of Health agency efforts in monitoring and surveillance, overdose prevention, and treatment and recovery, click here.

To learn more about Virginia’s Comprehensive Harm Reduction program, visit VDH Comprehensive Harm Reduction

To learn more about opioid basics, visit the CDC’s website.

Healthcare provider resources

For more information about Medication Assisted Treatment trainings, visit here

Visit the VDH Project ECHO page to learn more about current education opportunities, click here

Virginia’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) promotes safe prescribing and dispensing practices for covered substances by providing timely and essential information to healthcare providers.

Learn more about the PMP from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide recommendations for the prescribing of opioid pain medication for patients 18 and older in primary care settings.

Prescribers can learn about Virginia’s regulations governing prescribing of opioids on the Board of Medicine website.

Prevent and reduce infectious disease relating to addiction:
● Increase education of the public and populations at higher risk for addiction.
● Promote identification of disease status (hepatitis/STD/HIV testing).
● Conduct disease surveillance.