Northern Shenandoah Valley sees increase in overdose deaths
There has been a recent increase in overdose deaths in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force reported that since last Thursday, there have been five overdose deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities from overdoses in the region to 37 this year.
The most recent deaths include one in Page County on Thursday, July 16, one in the City of Winchester on Friday, July 17, two in Frederick County on Saturday, July 18, and one in Warren County on Monday, July 20. In addition, four non-fatal overdoses were reported since Friday; two in Frederick County and two in Front Royal. The total number of reported non-fatal overdoses in 2020 is now at 107.
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition (NSVSAC) plans to host virtual REVIVE! training sessions on July 31 and Aug. 28 to help educate and prevent overdose deaths; each participant will receive Narcan for free. Narcan is also available free of charge at any of the Lord Fairfax Health District Health Departments.
According to the NSVSAC, if you suspect that a friend or family member has a substance use disorder you should talk to the person about your concerns and offer help and support without being judgmental. Resources are available in the community for those in need. Individuals are encouraged to reach out to a sponsor, trusted friend, family member or mental health professional for support. Certified Peer Recovery Specialists are also available to provide support and walk alongside individuals down the road to recovery.
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