A large spate of heroin overdoses over the past week has officials in Culpeper and Spotsylvania counties concerned.
Culpeper town officials say that at least nine people in Culpeper, Culpeper County, Spotsylvania County and Fredericksburg have overdosed on heroin in the last week. Two of those people died, while two others had to be resuscitated by first responders.
Authorities say that nearly all of the recent cases involve heroin that was injected into the bloodstream.
"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," Town of Culpeper Police Chief Chris Jenkins said in a prepared statement.
The people who died as a result of suspected heroin overdoses include a 26-year-old Spotsylvania County man and a 34-year-old man from Culpeper County.
Other victims include a 23-year-old Fredericksburg man, a 21-year-old Rappahannock County woman and two other men from Culpeper, town officials say.
Officials in each of those jurisdictions are actively looking into why there has been such a spike in heroin cases.