DANVILLE, Va. – In an effort to address opioid addiction in the city, the Danville Police Department has tracked down and reported 50 suspected heroin-related overdose cases from late 2019 to Friday.
In that time frame, authorities reported a total of 44 non-fatal heroin-related overdoses and a total of six suspected fatal heroin-related overdoses. However, three of those six deaths that police believe was a result of heroin use happened over the past week.
Danville police teamed up with Danville-Pittsylvania County Community Services last year to combat this issue.
Back in May 2020, the police department issued Naloxone to officers, which is a medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose.
Since then, officers have successfully used Naloxone six times in life-saving overdose incidents.
Anyone suffering from addiction and seeking assistance can ask help from Danville police or contact Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services 24 hours a day at 434-793-4922.