Opioid Overdose Prevention

Proper medication safety measures, such as securely storing prescription medication and safely disposing of unused medication, can help prevent the misuse of opioids.  Click HERE to learn where you can pick up a FREE medication lock box and where you can safely dispose of medications.

The Hanover Opioid Taskforce was formed to address critical issues and emerging trends related to opioids, stimulants, and other substances. One of the ongoing projects that came from this group was the development of the 'You Are Worthy' bags. These bags are filled with mental health and substance use resources. In collaboration with the Community Services Board, Ashland Police Department, Hanover Sheriff's Office, and Hanover Fire/EMS these bags are given out when they respond to an emergency.

If you are interested in joining the Hanover Opioid Task Force, you can fill out a Hanover Cares Coalition member application HERE.

You Are Worthy Bag

Prescription Opioids (CDC Resource)

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The “Silent No More” program combines a series of impactful serious real short stories, and first-hand family member accounts with thought-provoking video clips, and integrative, deeply engaging, and interactive skits, aimed to relate the opioid epidemic as closely as possible to the students and parents being educated. 

The intent is to get them to understand that this problem is in their backyard. This epidemic kills, and it could affect any one of us. This collaborative program was hosted by Hanover Cares, Hanover County Sheriff's Office, Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland Police Department, Hanover County Community Services (Behavioral Health & Wellness), U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, & Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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Find Help & Support Groups

  • Hanover County's Same Day Access

    Individuals seeking help for mental health or substance use concerns, or who want to begin the process of accessing services related to a developmental disability, do not need an appointment.

  • Hanover County's Crisis Services

    For mental health or drug/alcohol crisis service. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone in Hanover County.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Hotline

    A free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

  • Narcotics Anonymous
    NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. They are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

  • Nar-Anon
    A 12-Step program for family and friends of addicts

  • Smart Recovery
    SMART Recovery is a self-empowering addiction recovery support group. It provides resources for families, teen support programs, meeting locations, and an online community.

  • FindTreatment.gov
    A confidential and anonymous resource for persons seeking treatment for mental & substance use disorders in the United States and its territories.