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Virginia Receives CDC Grants To Continue The Fight Against Opioid Overdose Epidemic

November 1, 2018

The Virginia Department of Health and the Department of Forensic Science have received $4.9 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The two, one-year grants are to advance the understanding of the opioid overdose epidemic and to increase prevention and response activities.

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City Of Alexandria Hosts “Navigator” To Assist With Health Insurance Open Enrollment

November 1, 2018

The City of Alexandria urges residents interested in obtaining insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, frequently referred to as “Obamacare,” to sign up by Dec. 15. The annual open enrollment period is from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. Additionally, enrollment for the newly expanded Medicaid coverage begins Nov. 1.

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Trump Signs Law Addressing Opioid Crisis

October 25, 2018

On Oct. 24, President Donald J. Trump signed into law H.R. 6, the Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, which addresses the opioid crisis by reducing access to and the supply of opioids and by expanding access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

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City Of Alexandria Participates In National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day On October 27

October 23, 2018

The City of Alexandria encourages residents to dispose of prescription medicines safely during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m or drop them off year-round at a permanent drop box location in Alexandria.

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Alexandria Fire Department Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 19, 2018

Get fired up for the cause! Throughout the month of October you can support the Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Awareness Memorial Fund by purchasing a pink Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt from the Alexandria Fire Department and the Alexandria Commission for Women.

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Governor Receives National Distinguished Advocacy Award For Championing Lifesaving Cancer Public Policy

October 19, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award, the most prestigious award presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in recognition of his dedication to protect children and workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke and expanding access to healthcare.

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Virginia To Begin Accepting Applications For Expanded Health Coverage On November 1

October 18, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that beginning on Nov. 1, 2018, state agencies will accept applications from Virginia adults newly eligible for health coverage under Medicaid expansion. Eligible adults will begin receiving services starting Jan. 1, 2019.

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As The Opioid Crisis Hits The Highways, Maryland State Troopers Are Saving The Lives Of Overdosed Victims

October 17, 2018

Opioid-related overdose deaths jumped to 1,185 in Maryland during the first half of 2018, a 15 percent spike over the same period in 2017, recently released data from the Maryland Department of Health reveal.

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Alexandria Health Department Hosts Free Flu Shot Clinic On October 20

October 17, 2018

The Alexandria Health Department will host a flu shot clinic on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a. m. until noon, at the Leonard "Chick" Armstrong Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Ave. Free flu shots are available for all adults and children ages six months and older. All members of the community are welcome; no insurance or proof of residency is required.

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Tips To Make Halloween More Inclusive

October 11, 2018

Some children can enjoy Halloween whether they are dressed as a goblin or a princess, but Halloween may not come as easily for other children. Trick-or-treating can be an overwhelming experience for children with a sensitive sensory system as they experience new sights, sounds, and behaviors.

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