Join us tomorrow, Thursday, June 15, at 10 a.m. to hear from a panel of representatives from local law enforcement and community services agencies on a regional effort conducted today (Wednesday, June 14) aimed at reducing the growing heroin/opiate epidemic. Officers and detectives conducted a variety of enforcement and education actions, with the support of local Community Services Boards and Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ and Magistrate’s offices, as needed.
Today in Fairfax County, detectives of the Organized Crime and Narcotics Division conducted an operation in partnership with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board called, Operation Save a Life Through CAST (Chiefs and Sheriffs Together). This program involves identifying people addicted to opioids and heroin then offering low-level users a chance to seek substance abuse treatment. If they accept, addicts were diverted from jail and sent immediately to the Merrifield Crisis Response Center for evaluation by a mental health professional and start on the road to recovery.
Detectives conducted enforcement efforts geared at identifying low-level users with outstanding arrest warrants and offering them the option to seek treatment. Our detectives also arrested five adults who intended to buy drugs. They were offered a chance to seek treatment through Operation Save a Life Through CAST (Cheifs and Sheriffs Together). Our enforcement effort led to additional charges to include weapons and other types of drug possession.
Today’s operation is part of an ongoing effort that began in 2015 after members of our Organized Crime and Narcotics Division saw a significant increase in heroin use and related overdoses and deaths. We formed a partnership with the Community Services Board aimed at encouraging people who abuse opiates to seek substance abuse treatment and to seek harsher penalties on alleged heroin distributors. Heroin/opiate addiction affects everyone, of every race, age, gender and background. Look for our hashtag #HeroinHurts as we share information on how to help a friend or loved one, seek treatment and new info or updates on this deadly epidemic.
In November 2016, the State Health Commissioner declared opioid addiction to be a Public Health Emergency in Virginia. Public safety, health and government agencies are making every effort to increase awareness of the dangers and risks of heroin, prescription opioids and synthetic opioids, such as Carfentanil, as the number of heroin/opioid-related overdoses and deaths continue to rise across the state.
WHAT: Panel on regional effort to combat heroin/opioid addiction. Speakers include: Second Lieutenant Jimmy Cox, Fairfax County Organized Crime and Narcotics Division; Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman; Chief Maggie A. DeBoard, Herndon Police Department; Chief Mary Gavin, Falls Church Police; Lieutenant Art Sylmar, Vienna Police Department; Assistant Deputy Director Lyn Tomlinson, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
WHEN: Thursday, June 15 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Fairfax County Police HQ (Massey Building), A-level conference room; 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
CONTACT: PFC Tawny Wright, Media Relations Bureau, 703-246-4280
- Fairfax County Police
- Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSBs)
- Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office
- Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
- Vienna Police
- Virginia State Police
- Herndon Police
- Fairfax City Police
- Prince William County Police
- Falls Church Police
- Arlington Police
- Alexandria Police
- Fairfax County FASTRAN
- Virginia Attorney General’s Office
- Local CSBs, Commonwealth’s Attorney’s and Magistrate’s offices across the region