Local organizations host events for International Overdose Awareness Day

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Today is International Overdose Awareness Day and a few local organizations are hosting events to speak on the importance of sobriety and to remember those who have lost their lives to overdose.

13 people have died this year from an overdose in the Northwest Virginia Region.

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition will host an event in front of the Civil War Museum in Old Town Winchester from 6:30 pm to 9 pm.

There will be guest speakers, a candlelight remembrance ceremony, and resources on prevention, treatment and recovery of opioid use.

Rapid Revive Training will also be provided to learn how to stop an overdose.

The Northwestern Prevention Collaborative will also host an Overdose Awareness Day Vigil at the Front Royal Moose Lodge this evening from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

This event will also feature speakers, a vigil, and a resource fair on how to help those suffering from opioid addiction.

For more information on the NSVSAC event in Winchester, click here.

To learn more about the NPC’s event in Front Royal, click here.

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Drug arrest made after overdose of 13 year old girl

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Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) announced an arrest on Thursday, May 25th for the man believed to be the distributor of drugs that led to the overdose of a 13 year old girl.

On Tuesday, May 23, officers received a report about the young girl’s overdose that was later linked to LSD, a potent psychedelic drug, and psilocybin, commonly known as shrooms.

During the investigation of the overdose, officers identified contact information for the distributor.

Officers contacted the distributor posing as a juvenile and arranged a sale in Marshall.

The suspect, identified as Shayan Seifazadeh, 18 of Ashburn, was arrested at the location for the sting and officers located LSD and MDMA in a search of his vehicle.

He was arrested on multiple counts including, possession with intent to distribute, distribution, and distribution to a minor of  a Schedule I or II substance.

He is being held at Fauquier County Adult Detention Center without a bond.

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WCSO celebrates Drug Take Back Day results

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Local law enforcement partnered with Valley Health and the Drug Enforcement Agency for the bi-annual Drug Take Back Day over the weekend.

Last year, organizations collected over 721,000 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs from across the country.

This year, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office alone collected 125 pounds of unneeded prescription medication.

The next Drug Take Back Day will be held in October.

You can also check with a local pharmacy to see if they offer a drug takeback program or contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and they will provide a free Deterra drug neutralizing pouch to dispose of medications.

Discarding unwanted and unneeded medications is the easiest way to reduce the chance of drug abuse, misuse or overdose in your home.

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Local law enforcement participate in Drug Take Back Day

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Local law enforcement including the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day today from 10 am to 2 pm.

The goal of the initiative is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

It is estimated that over 107,000 die of a drug overdose each year and removing unwanted medication is one step you can take to help.

Last year, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office collected more than 720,000 pounds of unwanted medication during the one day event.

To find your drop off location, click here.

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WCSO investigates inmate death

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office announced that an inmate at R.S.W. Regional Jail has passed due to a likely overdose.

Jonte Gebrell Smith, 21, was found unconscious and unresponsive along with his cellmate after midnight on December 12th, 2021.

Both men were given Narcan, but Smith did not have a response while his cellmate did.

Both were transported to Warren Memorial Hospital.

Shortly later Smith was pronounced dead.

The other inmate received treatment and was sent back to the jail.

The investigation is still ongoing and those with information about the case should contact Investigator Powell of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

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