Overdoses surging again

Winchester and Frederick County have been hit with another wave of life-threatening drug overdoses in recent days.

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition said in a written statement Thursday that eight overdoses have been recorded since Monday. Authorities have tentatively determined that five of the overdoses involved heroin and the other three were unspecified synthetic drugs. None of the overdoses were deemed likely to be fatal.

Agents from the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force have concluded that most of the heroin in the overdoses came from Baltimore. The incidents remain under investigation.

Heroin overdoses have killed 21 people this year in an area encompassing Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah, Clarke and Page counties and several communities within them. Another 75 people have survived overdoses. The eight overdoses since Monday followed a period of more than a week when no overdoses were reported.

There were 30 fatal and 55 non-fatal overdoses in the area in 2015.