Community Meeting on Opioid Awareness

Join us for an honest conversation about the dangers of opioid misuse.

Community Meeting on Opioid Awareness


Substance abuse and related behavioral health problems are pressing personal and public health issues that have a major impact on students, families and communities. 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) invites you to join us at a community meeting to learn more about the risks associated with opioid use.

Date: Monday, April 24

Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

LocationWoodson High School 
9525 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22031

Additional Details: Language interpretation services are available, as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare will also be provided, as needed.


Previous Community Meeting on Opioids

At a previous mid-March Community Meeting on Opioid Awareness, nearly 400 families, staff, and community members came together for a conversation on the dangers of fentanyl. During this impactful event, audience members heard testimonials from individuals affected by the opioid epidemic and learned facts from medical experts and law enforcement representatives.

Opioids in Fairfax County

As educators, there is nothing more important to us than the safety and wellbeing of our students, families, and communities. That is why Fairfax County Public Schools is joining with Fairfax County to bring attention to the dangers and risks of opioid misuse and abuse.

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents, and students. Together, we can help protect the lives of county residents, especially our students. 

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association

  • Among adolescents, fentanyl-involved fatalities increased from 253 in 2019 to 680 in 2020 and to 884 in 2021.
  • In 2021, fentanyls were identified in 77.14% of adolescent overdose deaths.

In Fairfax County, there were four fatal overdoses within the 0-17 year old age group in 2022. 

What Are Opioids?

Opioids are a class of drugs used to treat pain, and can include both prescription medications as well as illegal drugs. Tragically, their misuse can lead to devastating outcomes. Opioids - such as fentanyl, heroin, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone and tramadol - act on the brain, producing a euphoric effect. Although substance use has declined among Fairfax County youth over the past several years, fatal opioid overdoses continue to rise. 

Fentanyl is an especially powerful opioid that is extremely lethal, even in small doses. Most fatal overdoses in Fairfax County in recent years have involved fentanyl, which is a common substitute or cutting agent in illicit narcotics such as cocaine, heroin, MDMA (also known as ecstasy or molly), as well as counterfeit pills. Nationally, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports a dramatic rise in the number of counterfeit pills containing at least two milligrams of fentanyl, which is considered a deadly dose. Counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl can look the same as authentic pills, making it almost impossible to know whether a pill has a deadly dose of fentanyl or not. 

Additional Resources

FCPS' Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Programs webpage

Webinar - Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Fairfax County Government to provide an educational webinar on youth substance use trends and supports.