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Multiple Heroin Overdoses in Same Region of Virginia

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Town of Culpeper
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Two Die From Heroin Overdoses That Plague Region

In the past week at least, nine people in the region - two have died - from what police  attribute to heroin overdose. Heroin overdoses have been reported in the Town of Culpeper, Culpeper County,  Spotsylvania County and Fredericksburg.

Spotsylvania reported four, the Town of  Culpeper and Culpeper County two each and one overdose in Fredericksburg.

"These heroin overdoses send a message to those who buy illegal drugs that they have no  idea what was used to cut the drugs or the potency of what they are buying," said  Culpeper Police Chief Chris Jenkins. "This is a serious public health issue."

In two of this week's incidents, law enforcement officers responding to the drug  overdoses had to administer CPR to bring the person back to life.

"We had one last night in Spotsylvania County," said Spotsylvania County Sheriff's  Office Capt. Jeff Pearce. "The woman would have died, if the deputy didn't perform  CPR."

The woman had no pulse and was cyanotic when deputies arrived, said Pearce. She was  transported to the hospital for treatment.

Wednesday, Fredericksburg police faced much the same situation, with a police officer  performing chest compressions and CPR on an unresponsive 23-year-old man, also a  heroin overdose.

Tuesday, a 26-year-old Spotsylvania County man died from what is believed to have  been a heroin overdose. And on Wednesday, a 34-year-old Culpeper County man  overdosed on heroin. He died a day later at the University of Virginia Medical Center in  Charlottesville.

"A lost life to drug addiction is a tragic reminder of the need to rid our county of those  selling illegal substances," said Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins. "Detectives will  investigate the origin of these lethal drugs to find the persons responsible."

A 21-year-old Rappahannock County woman overdosed on heroin while in Culpeper  County on Thursday. 

In the Town of Culpeper, both overdoses occurred on Wednesday. A 30-year-old  Culpeper man was found unresponsive at a friend's house in town. A 36-year-old  Culpeper man also overdosed in town. Both men were transported to Culpeper Regional  Hospital for treatment.

In almost all nine recent cases, the heroin was injected. Members of the joint sheriff and police Culpeper Street Crimes Unit and DEA are  working to determine the origin of these lethal drugs.

Culpeper police Lt. Tim Chilton  asked anyone with information about heroin trafficking in Culpeper to contact him by  calling the Culpeper County Public Safety Communication Center at 540-727-7900.

"We are actively working heroin cases," said Lt. Chilton. "Age knows no boundaries  when it comes to heroin use."

Narcotics detectives in Spotsylvania County are investigating the heroin overdoses.

"The unintended consequences of a good time through illegal drug use could result in  death or serious injury," said Chief Jenkins.

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