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Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Warns of Brightly Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Children and Young Adults

In recent years, our nation has experienced one of the most fatal drug epidemics in history. Opioids, specifically fentanyl, have impacted the lives of children and young adults and continues to be the primary driver in drug overdoses.  

Pharmaceutical fentanyl is used for patients that require high levels of pain relief. Due to its powerful opioid properties, fentanyl has also been illicitly manufactured and is often the main ingredient used in counterfeit pills disguised as Percocet, Xanax, and Oxycontin. Although it can be found in illicitly manufactured pills, fentanyl can also present as a powder or liquid. Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a warning to the public about an emerging trend of brightly colored fentanyl referred to as “rainbow fentanyl.” These drugs are brightly colored like chalk and candy, potentially making them more attractive to children and young adults. 

photo of rainbow fentanyl

Rainbow Fentanyl

photo showing counterfeit oxycodone pills

Counterfeit Pills

photo of a lethal dose of fentanyl on the tip of a pencil

Lethal Dose of Fentanyl

Image Source: DEA

Parents play a critical role in preventing and reducing drug use among children. Preventative steps include:   

  • Encouraging open conversations about the dangers of using substances;
  • Urging children not to share medications;
  • Conveying your expectations;
  • Encouraging and supporting healthy activities;
  • Keeping medications stored in a safe and secure place; and
  • Safely disposing of any expired or unused medications.

The safety of our children is of utmost importance. Together, we can raise awareness about the dangers of fentanyl and other drugs 

Read more in the DEA article (August 30.2022)


Talk to your child about the dangers of substance abuse

Talk to Your Child About the Dangers of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse can lead to serious problems such as poor schoolwork, loss of friends, problems at home, and lasting legal problems. Below are resources to help families start the conversation about the dangers of substance abuse.

Do you think your child is abusing drugs or alcohol?

Do you think your child is abusing drugs or alcohol?

Know the signs...sad girl sitting on floor with head in her arms

  • Breaking rules
  • Heightened secrecy
  • Fishy-sounding excuses or outright lying
  • Difficulty thinking or keeping focus
  • Withdrawing from classroom participation
  • Resistance to discipline or feedback
  • Increased tardiness or absence
  • Paranoia, irritability, anxiety, fidgeting
  • Changes in mood or attitude
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or activities
  • Decline in school performance
  • Abandonment of long-time peer group

~ Adapted from Betty Ford Hazelden Foundation ~

Youth and Tobacco Use

Youth and Tobacco Use

Smoking and smokeless tobacco are almost always initiated and established during adolescence and most are addicted by the age of 20. Twenty percent of high school students report having smoked a cigarette in the last month. Tobacco use during adolescence is associated with health risk behaviors such as the use of alcohol, the use of other drugs, and high-risk sexual behaviors.

Boy breaking a cigarette

 What are E-Cigarettes?

  • E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air.
  • E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes.
  • Most have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid.
  • Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items. Larger devices such as tank systems, or "mods," do not look like other tobacco products.
  • E-cigarettes are known by many different names. They are sometimes called "e-cigs," "e-hookahs," "mods," "vape pens," "vapes," "tank systems," and "electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)."
  • Using an e-cigarette is sometimes called "vaping."

3-types-cigarettes drawing

~ Retrieved from Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ~

Vaping Devices (Electronic Cigarettes) DrugFacts


Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Facilities

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Facilities

The following directory is provided by the Prince William County Community Services Board and was last updated April 29, 2022.

Treatment Facility
(Website Link)
Location Contact Ages Types of Treatment Insurance
Addiction Help Manassas, VA
Rockville, MD
703-485-2000 Adolescents Buprenorphine No insurance: $200 for initial, $180 for each follow up
Catalyst Recovery and Wellness Center Manassas, VA 703-546-1834 14+ Outpatient SA (14+)
MAT services (16+)
Center for Behavioral Health Woodbridge, VA
South Riding, VA
703-492-8939 15+ Individual Therapy
MAT for 18+
Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program Fairfax, VA 1-844-825-0468 Adolescents RTC, PHP, IOP Unknown
Dominion Hospital
(Intersect Program)
Falls Church, VA 703-538-2872 Adolescents Inpatient and PHP Medicare and Medicaid for Partial,
Yes for Inpatient
Embark Tysons Corner, VA 1-866-370-3176 Adolescents PHP, Outpatient Therapy Unknown
Encore Fairfax, VA 703-596-3063 Adults IOP Does not accept Medicaid
Hallmark Youth Care Richmond, VA 804-784-2200 Adolescents RTC Unknown
Health Connect America Alexandria, VA
Sterling, VA
703-680-9527 Adolescents SUD IOP Accepts some Medicaid plans
INOVA Kellar Center Fairfax, VA
Sterling, VA
703-218-8500 Adolescents PHP, IOP,
co-occuring programs
All Medicaid except Kaiser
Living Free Health Services Annandale, VA 703-750-1292 Adolescents IOP, Outpatient Program Unknown
Manassas Addiction Center Manassas, VA 703-239-3602 Adolescents Medication assisted detox,
outpatient therapy, family
medicine (can act as PCP)
Almost all insurance, including Medicaid
Newport Academy Rockville, MD 1-855-474-7068 Adolescents PHP, IOP, Outpatient
Does not accept Medicaid
North Spring Behavioral Healthcare
Outpatient Treatment Program
Leesburg, VA 703-554-6300 Adolescents-17 PHP, IOP Medicaid
SAMHSA's National Helpline 1-800-662-4357 Adolescents The referral service is free of charge.
Can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept
Medicare or Medicaid.
Sandstone TX Reston, VA
Rockville, MD
703-260-9359 Adolescents IOP, PHP, MAT No Medicaid. Accepts private insurance and TRICARE.
Youth For Tomorrow Ashburn, VA
Warrenton, VA
703-368-7995 13-18 IOP Optima Health Family Care,
VA Medicaid/Magellan Health Care,
Kaiser, Aetna, Anthem Keepers Plus,
Humana, VA Premier, INTotal Health

New Horizons School Staff List—PWC Community Services

New Horizons School Staff List-PWC Community Services

The New Horizons Program provides an array of services to youth and their families with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring issues. Services may include individual, family, and group therapy, intensive in-home services, case management services and Behavioral Health and Wellness Services. Staff provide these services across multiple settings to include Community Services offices, schools, criminal justice agencies, youths home, and in the community. Below is a directory of New Horizon staff serving PWC high schools.

High School Staff Name Availability Phone
Battlefield Ormsbee, Rachel Mon-Thur 703-743-3641
Brentsville District Ramirez, Michelle Mon-Thur 703-792-4942
Colgan Giannamore, Melissa Mon-Thur 571-374-6184
Forest Park Popovich, Jenna Mon-Thur 571-589-3668
Freedom Mitchell, Martina Mon-Thur 571-589-3378
Gainesville Hanner, Lindsay Mon-Thur 571-248-3233
Gar-Field Padrón, Gabriella Mon-Thur 571-298-0609
Hylton Smith, Sarah Mon-Thur 703-586-9895
Independence Nontraditional Ramirez, Michelle Mon-Thur 703-792-4942
Osbourn Park Connor, Monique Mon-Thur 571-598-3662
Patriot Delaney, Thomas Mon-Thur 703-594-3020
Potomac Martinez, Jeny Mon-Thur 703-441-4257
Unity Reed TBA Mon-Thur TBA
Woodbridge DiGiacomo, Tina Mon-Thur 571-492-3934

REVIVE—Opioid Overdose Recognition and Response Training

REVIVE-Opioid Overdose Recognition and Response Training

In this 90-minute REVIVE! training participants will learn about opioids and how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose with the use of Naloxone. Participants will receive Narcan nasal spray after attending the training. For more information, contact 703-792-7739 or

To register for a specific session, visit the links below:

October 17, 2022

October 25, 2022

November 12, 2022

November 21, 2022

December 3, 2022

December 12, 2022

Revive! Opioid Overdose & Naxloxone Education in Virginia

You can also find a list of training options and register
by visiting Prince William Community Services.

Support for Children of Addiction

Support for Children of Addiction

Those hurt most by alcohol and drug abuse are the children of alcoholics and other drug dependent parents. One in four children in the United States is exposed to alcohol or drug addiction in the family.

Substance Abuse-
Let's Talk About It

A recording of a live webinar presented on May 5, 2022. This webinar provides parents and loved ones tools needed to start conversations with their family.




Community Awareness Message

The Prince William County Police Department released a community awareness message with a photo example of the counterfeit Percocet pill, sometimes referred to as perc30s. For full article, please visit INSIDENOVA.

Examples of the counterfeit Percocet pills