Free Drug Testing Kits for Parents

Give your child a reason to say no to drugs! The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition has free kits for parents that include tips on talking to your kids about drugs and a free drug test to use if you suspect drug use. Starting May 19, 2020 you can pickup the kits at the Winchester Public School WiFi school buses. The box, pictured below, will be placed outside of the WiFi buses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 PM at Orchard Crest Apartments and Frederick Douglass Park. Pickup a kit anonymously and give your child a reason to say no to drugs.
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Overdose Deaths Spike During Coronavirus Pandemic

May 6, 2020 – Eleven overdose deaths have been reported in the Northern Shenandoah Valley since April 1, including three deaths in the last five days. In addition, there have been 17 reported non-fatal overdoses since April 1. The latest overdoses bring the total number in 2020 to 24 fatalities and 59 injuries in the City of Winchester and counties of Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, Page and Warren. As of May 5th of last year there had been 14 deaths and 44 non-fatal overdoses reported, according to the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force.  Click here for the press release.


The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting everyone across our country.  The situation can be especially stressful for individuals who are  living with addiction or families of individuals who have a substance use disorder.  Here are some things to keep in mind during a crisis to protect your recovery or support someone who is living with addiction.

It is important for individuals in recovery from substance use disorders to create plans to protect their recovery during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are some ways to support connection and ensure that isolation doesn’t lead to relapse:

The Within Reach Peer Resource Center announced these Peer Led Groups Starting Soon on Zoom

• Thursdays @ 2 PM (starting 3/26): The Silver Lining Group hosted by Julie, ID # 6360856554 or link up https://zoom.us/j/6360856554. This will be an open topic discussing group.

• Fridays @ 2 PM (starting 3/27): Art & Creativity hosted by Kat, ID # 8533023431. This group will focus on the benefits of art and creativity as coping strategies.

• Tuesdays @ 10 AM (starting 3/30): Just Breathe hosted by Jennifer, ID # 2718591808 or link up http://zoom.us/j/2718591808. This group will focus on mindfulness & meditation

• Wednesdays @ 2 PM (starting 4/1): Reflective Inspiration hosted by David, ID # 2099953510 or link up http://zoom.us/j/2099953510. This meeting with begin with a daily inspirational reading followed by open discussion.

  • The following information sheet provides an overview of the services currently being offered by Northwestern Community Services Board.  These services may changes as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.  COVID-19 Northwestern CSB Services

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Due to continued concerns about COVID-19 Families on the Road to Recovery meetings will be cancelled until further notice. We will announce when the meetings will resume.

Protecting Your Recovery During the Coronavirus Pandemic:

As we are facing challenging times with the coronavirus pandemic, we want to offer ways that you can protect your recovery. Our Haley Brockway, who is in recovery, offers these tips.

If you are feeling alone, isolated, or depressed please reach out for help by:

  • Calling the Peer2Peer Regional Warm Line where local Peer Recovery Specialists are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1-833-626-1490
  • Calling a friend, sponsor, family member, or someone who supports you.
  • Calling Concern HOTLINE at 540-667-0145 to speak with a compassionate listener.
  • You can join online 12 step meetings through Narcotics Anonymous (narcotics.com), Alcoholics Anonymous (aa.org), or SMART Recovery (smartrecovery.org). Many of the 12 step programs also offer phone or chat support.
  • Ensure that you have filled your prescriptions for your mental health medications.
  • Please check on your loved ones who are living with addiction or who are in recovery.
  • Take a walk or go outside.

Together we can support each other through hard times and maintain our recovery and mental health.

Event Update

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Recovery’s Got Talent scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020 is postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus. It is our hope to reschedule the event at a future date and time. We will also be rescheduling auditions that were scheduled for Thursday, March 12th. We will keep you informed as updates become available.

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5 DAYS OF 5 WAYS YOU CAN PREVENT AN OVERDOSE:  The past few years the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition has experienced a spike in overdoses in the middle of September.  This week we will be featuring 5 Days of 5 Ways You Can Prevent an Overdose with a different topic each day. Please check out our daily video posts and help us prevent history from repeating itself. We each play a part and can help save lives!

DAY 1:  The topic of Day 1 is NARCAN. You can receive feee NARCAN at all of the Lord Fairfax Health District Health Departments, at the Addicted to Hope Rally on September 14th, and at a REVIVE! Training hosted by the Coalition on September 19th at 5:30 p.m. (please sign up: 540-536-5004). NARCAN saves lives!  Please help us share this opportunity

DAY 2:  The topic of Day 2 is drug take back.  Another way you can prevent drug overdoses is by disposing of unused and expired medications properly. Here is more information from the Coalition.  For a list of drug collection unit locations in the Northern Shenandoah Valley click here.

DAY 3:  Wednesday is day 3 of 5 Days of 5 Ways You Can Prevent an Overdose and another way to prevent overdoses is by utilizing community resources. One great support group in our community is Families on the Road to Recovery led by Pastor Brad Hill. The group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Grace Downtown of Winchester. We sat down with Pastor Brad to learn more about what this group offers. #5daysof5ways #familiesontheroadtorecovery #endthestigma https://www.facebook.com/familiesontheroadtorecovery/

DAY 4:  The topic of day 4 of 5 Days of 5 Ways You Can Prevent an Overdose is Certified Peer Recovery Specialists.  Another way to prevent an overdose is by connecting individuals living with addiction to local people in recovery.  Haley Brockway had the chance to stop by the Within Reach Peer Resource Center to talk about services offered, how to connect with local peers, and the Peer2Peer Warm Line.  Check it out!  #5daysof5ways #endthestigma

DAY 5: Friday is the 5th and final day of 5 Days of 5 Ways You Can Prevent an Overdose and today we are talking about the importance of ending the stigma of addiction. Tomorrow our community will come together at the 4th Annual Addicted to Hope Rally to Unite to End the Stigma of Addiction. Join us from 4 – 8 p.m. in front of Handley High School as we send a message to those living with addiction and those in recovery, that our community supports them. #addictedtohope #unitingtoendastigma #5daysof5ways

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A new program aims to give local youth a reason to say “no” to drugs. The Give Me a Reason Drug Prevention Initiative will provide local parents with free drug testing kits. The urine test can be given within the privacy of a home with results in about 10 minutes. Use of the kits, and supportive conversations led by parents and caregivers will reinforce teens’ positive life choices.  Click here to find out where you can get a kit.



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