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.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

NSVSAC offers help battling addiction

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An overdose spike is being reported in the region, the Northern  Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition (NSVSAC) is encouraging individuals who are living with  addiction to reach out for help.

Since March 16th there have been three fatal  overdoses reported and an additional 13 non-fatal overdoses reported.

That brings the  total number this year to 12 fatal and 41 non-fatal overdoses.  

There are a number of local resources available for community members who have a substance  use disorder.

Those in need are encouraged to make a call to Peer 2 Peer regional warm line 24/7 at 1-833-626-1490.

You can reach out to a friend or family member or mental health professional for help and support.

Additional help, resources and support is available at roadtorecovery.info/treatment.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.