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If you are struggling with substance use and live in the New River Valley, contact NRVCS at 540-961-8400.


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.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
OCTOBER 29, 2022
Law enforcement agencies in the New River Valley collected a combined total of 1,638.7 pounds of unused or expired medications during this year’s “Take Back Day” event!

The effort was part of a national event that is held twice each year, organized by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

These events are vital to community health and public safety as they help to reduce the potential for medication misuse and opioid addiction by providing community members with a safe way to properly rid their homes of prescription drugs that are expired or no longer needed. Collection totals from across the New River Valley are included below:

Law Enforcement AgencyPounds Collected
Town of Blacksburg Police349
Town of Christiansburg Police297.7
Town of Dublin Police90.5
Floyd County Sheriff’s Office143
Giles County Sheriff’s Office185.6
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office153.4
Town of Pulaski Police185
City of Radford Police234.5

Other Resources:

SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


SAARA – Substance Abuse & Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia

Virginia Tech Recovery Community

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