PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- Portsmouth police are warning residents of the dangers of using drugs such as heroin.
Shortly before 12 a.m. Sunday, Detective Misty Holley said police had responded to six different drug overdoses in 12 hours within the city.
Medics arrived at the scene in time to administer NARCAN to five of the six individuals, saving their lives. Crews did not make it in time to save one of the six, resulting in the person's death.
Holley says detectives are continuing to investigate the overdoses and ask everyone to refrain from using and purchasing illegal drugs, especially heroin.
Word of the rash of overdoses rekindled painful memories for Laurie Blair, who lost her son Jeremy Cooper to heroin.
Similar to the Portsmouth case, Cooper was among a handful who overdosed on heroin in Newport News last March and was the only person paramedics could not revive.
"It's just been awful losing a child. Nobody should have to go through this," said Blair, who has had to use anti-depressants to cope with her son's loss in March.
Blair has become an advocate in raising awareness of the opioid crisis, by sharing her son's story with support groups and participating in a march in the nation's capital.
"If I could just prevent one other parent or family member from going through this terrible trauma that I have had to go through, or save an addicts life and get them into recovery. It's worth it," Blair said. "Well its not worth it, nothing will ever be worth it but Jeremy didn't die in vain, you know?