NRV overdoses surpass the Va. state average

by Savannah Webb-

The Virginia Department of Health released data suggesting that the New River Valley experienced an increase in visits to emergency departments (ED) for drug overdoses in 2022.

Overdoses spiked during the pandemic, but the state has since reported decreased overdose rates. Conversely, rates are steadily increasing in the New River Valley, with prescribed opioids causing a majority of overdoses.

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