Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office investigating overdoses

(WHSV)
Published: Jan. 17, 2017 at 8:16 PM EST
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The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is investigating three overdoses from this weekend.

All three of those within about a 24 hour time span on Saturday in the Woodstock and Strasburg areas of the county. One of those overdoses was fatal.

Investigators believe at least two of them were related and involved heroin, including the fatal overdose. The other overdose was believed to involve another opioid.

The sheriff's office has been using social media to update the community, to inform them and to spread awareness.

"The purpose of us putting out that information is that people that are involved in that culture, people that have that addiction they have an understanding we're that information out so that they know that they may have something that has actually harmed or killed another person," explained Sheriff Timothy Carter.

Sheriff Carter added Shenandoah County is feeling the impact of the national opioid epidemic, adding there needs to be an increase in services for those dealing with addiction across the region.

"We know that it's not strictly a law enforcement issue, some of it's there's a need for services within our region, and quite frankly there needs to be services pre-arrest instead of post arrest," said Sheriff Carter.

In 2016, there were 17 overdoses in Shenandoah County. Two of those were fatal. Sheriff Carter said it's rare for them to see this many overdoses this close together.