By Jack “Alex” White III, columnist ~ “Small towns, big potential”
From Overall to Naked Creek, there is one issue that unites Page County: drug addiction.
You need look no further than the accompanying chart to see the crisis in our backyard. Using Page Valley News’ 2021 Page County Circuit Court reports, I found that nearly 70 percent of openly-indicted individuals in any given month face at least one drug charge.
The people of Page County know that addressing drug addiction isn’t about “doubling down” on the failed War on Drugs. Instead, it requires us all to support our loved ones, neighbors, and community institutions as we work together to break the vicious cycle of addiction.
That is why it has been so encouraging to see the establishment of Page County’s first-ever Drug Court–in addition to yeoman’s work from area law enforcement, nonprofits, and churches.
In light of the above, I wanted to make my own small contribution by sharing contact information for some of the area organizations doing that work. If even one person uses this information to volunteer, seek treatment, or refer a loved one, then this column will have done its job:
INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES & VOLUNTEERING
Page Alliance for Community Action, 540-742-9386.
Page One of Page County, Luray, VA 540-743-4357.
Page County Commonwealth Attorney: 540-743-4517.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT & MENTAL HEALTH
Northwestern Community Services Board 540-743-4548.
Northwestern CSB Peer Line (substance use) 833-626-1490.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 540-533-1832.
NAMI HELPLINE: 1-800-273-8255.
Crossroads Counseling: 540-843-2509.
TREATMENT REFERRALS & SUPPORT GROUPS
National Treatment Referral Routing Service: 24/7 referrals; 800-662-HELP (4357).
Strength In Peers, Peer Recovery Specialists/Peer Support, 540-217-0869.
Strength In Peers (Page County Community Resource Center) 540-742-7800
Narcotics Anonymous (National) 800-777-1515.
Blue Ridge Narcotics Anonymous 800-777-1515.
Jack “Alex” White III is the Executive Director of the Rural Leadership Initiative and the District 1 Representative on the Page County Economic Development Authority — where he was reported to have been “Virginia’s youngest government official” at the time of his appointment.
Alex is a lifelong native of Page County and graduate of Luray High School.
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