Opioid Misuse Prevention


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)

To learn more about partner efforts, click here

The goal of the Virginia Department of Health Injury and Violence Prevention Program: Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Program is working with public health and safety partners statewide to reduce drug related poisoning deaths across the life span through a primary prevention approach. This program does not provide emergency care or treatment. It is a healthcare provider training and education program.

Prevent Prescription Drug Overdose

Taking someone else’s prescription medication, taking a prescription in a manner that was not as prescribed, or taking a medication for reasons other than prescribed is called non-medical use of prescription drugs.

Using a medication in ways other than prescribed can potentially be dangerous and can lead to addiction, overdose, and oftentimes death.

The best ways to prevent opioid overdose deaths are to:

  • decrease risk factors and increase protective factors,
  • improve opioid prescribing,
  • reduce exposure to opioids,
  • prevent misuse,
  • and treat opioid use disorder.

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 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.