Northern Shenandoah Valley
Substance Abuse Coalition

NSVSAC is a coalition of law enforcement, health care, substance abuse treatment, and youth advocacy organizations and families impacted by substance abuse and addiction in the Winchester, Virginia region.

The Untold Story

The emergence of COVID-19 in early 2020 raised fears that already-rising drug overdose deaths could surge even further amid social isolation, economic stress, and disrupted access to treatment facilities and providers.

Prior research showed that overdose deaths immediately spiked to previously unseen levels after the pandemic hit in March 2020 and stayed elevated through the summer. Provisional data (see Data and Methods) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now provide a more comprehensive look at the full overdose toll in 2020.

  • This Year 9
  • 2022 31
  • 2021 34
  • 2020 53
  • 2019 27
  • 2018 22
  • 2017 40
  • 2016 69
  • 2015 30
  • 2014 33

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Featured News

National Fentanyl Awareness Day is May 9, 2023

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Raising awareness about an urgent national problem: people are dying at alarming rates due to illicit fentanyl, a dangerous and deadly synthetic opioid.Spread the word with us abou… Continue Reading →

May is National Drug Treatment Court Month

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
For over two decades, each May, we have come together to observe National Drug Treatment Court Month. Just as you all continue to evolve and innovate, so too does this annual celeb… Continue Reading →

Spike in Overdoses is Reported

Thursday, April 22, 2021
WINCHESTER – As an overdose spike is being reported in the region, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition is encouraging individuals who are living with addiction… Continue Reading →

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