If you are struggling with substance use and live in the New River Valley, contact NRVCS at 540-961-8400.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
October 28, 2023
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue. Proper disposal of unneeded drugs saves lives and protects the environment and our overall community. #TakeBackDay is a free event for communities nationwide to properly dispose of old and unneeded medications safely and anonymously. On Saturday, October 28, from 10am-2pm bring those old and unneeded medications to a collection site near you.
Thanks to a partnership with local law enforcement and the NRV’s local Community Prevention Coalitions, Take Back Day collection sites in the NRV are listed below.
PLEASE NOTE: collection sites will not accept syringes, sharps, or illicit drugs. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The cap must be tightly sealed to prevent leakage. For more information, visit DEATakeBack.com.
Appalachian Save a Life Day
September 14, 2023
The New River Valley participated in its first “Appalachian Save a Life Day” on September 14th at the NRVCS Radford Center – a day focused around partnering with people with lived experience to explore solutions and hope surrounding the overdose crisis. Partners participating in the event offered swag, tools, and information on important topics like harm reduction. Below are some photos taken at the event.
Sam Quinones – The Least of Us
August 31, 2023
Author and journalist Sam Quinones was joined by host Tom Landon of Blue Ridge PBS for a discussion about his book, “The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth.” This event was held at the Inn at Virginia Tech on August 31st, 2023 – International Overdose Awareness Day. Click HERE or the image to the left to watch the event in its entirety.
Overdose in Our Community
September 22, 2022
Pulaski community members gathered on September 22nd, 2022 at the Pulaski Train Station to shine a light on the darkness of addiction and overdose in our community. Speakers at the event included three Pulaski residents who shared their personal stories of how overdose has impacted their lives and the lives of their families. Click HERE or the image to the left to watch a highlight video from the event.
NRV Candlelight Vigil for International Overdose Awareness Day
August 31, 2022
Residents of the New River Valley gathered on August 31st, 2022 in Radford to remember the lives lost to overdose and to offer a message of hope for those who are struggling to overcome the disease of addiction. Click HERE or the image to the left to watch a highlight video from the event.
SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAARA – Substance Abuse & Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia
REVIVE! Training – Recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with Naloxone
Recovery Research Institute – an excellent resource for information and evidence about addiction treatment and recovery