Heroin Overdose Deaths Rise to 30
WINCHESTER – The number of people in the Northern Shenandoah Valley who have died from a heroin overdose this year has risen to 30. The Addiction Action Committee continues to work to find solutions for an epidemic that is impacting families across our region. The Addiction Action Committee recently launched a website, RoadtoRecovery.info, that includes awareness and education initiatives to inform the community about the disease of addiction, promote prevention, and offer helpful resources, locally and beyond. The website provides information for those struggling with addiction, family members of individuals living with addiction, parents, and community members.
The website provides information on the following ways the community can get involved:
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of drug use, dependence, and addiction.
- Seek help for your loved ones living with addiction.
- Clean out your medicine cabinet and remove unwanted or expired medications. Take your unwanted medications to a drug collection unit like the one in front of the Timbrook Public Safety Center at 231 East Piccadilly Street, Winchester.
- Lock up your prescription medications at home.
- Report information on drug activity in your community by contacting the Northwest VA Regional Drug Task Force at 540-535-0304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The website includes the number for Concern Hotline, 540-667-0145, where callers can speak to a person 24 hours a day. It is our hope that local individuals who need help will use the website as a tool to find the resources and information they need to put their lives on the road to recovery.