UPDATE: Five released from hospital after Russell Co. mass overdose, one in ICU


CASTLEWOOD, Va. (WJHL) – UPDATE – Five people have been released from the hospital after a mass overdose in Castlewood, Virginia on Wednesday night, but one person remains in the ICU and another is still hospitalized.

According to a release from the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, the incident appears to have occurred after a group of people had gathered together at a home on Buffalo Hollow Road and began using drugs.

The release says deputies with the sheriff’s office arrived with Virginia State Police and EMS and identified four males and one female that had apparently suffered drug overdoses.

Narcan was reportedly administered at the scene and all seven of the people at the home were transported to the Russell County Hospital.

As of Thursday morning, five of the seven people transported to the hospital have received treatment and have been released.

One person is in the Intensive Care Unit, and another remains in the hospital in stable condition.

The drugs used have not yet been confirmed.

The incident is under investigation by the sheriff’s office and Virginia State Police.


Seven people were transported to the hospital in Russell County on Wednesday night after what officials are calling a “mass overdose” event.

According to Brandon McAllister of Castlewood Fire and Rescue, no casualties were reported after seven people were hospitalized.

CFR said they were called to the scene at 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday night.

At this time, the substance that the seven people overdosed on is unknown.

Dante Rescue Squad, Lebanon Lifesaving Crew, St. Paul Fire Department and the Russell County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

The situation took place in the 400 block of Buffalo Hollow Road, according to the Russell County Sheriff’s Office.

The Russell County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that all seven of the subjects were at the same home on Buffalo Hollow Road.

The sheriff’s office is currently investigating and awaiting blood test results from the hospital to determine the substance.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned with News Channel 11 online and on-air for updates.

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