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Methamphetamine Seizures Rise in the Valley

3 October 2019 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News


October 3, 2019

WINCHESTER – The Northwest Regional Drug and Gang Task Force has seized over 3,000 grams of Methamphetamine in the Shenandoah Valley this year.

This influx in methamphetamine, specifically crystal meth, has raised concerns about meth-related crimes. Use of the drug can cause extreme aggression.

The NRDGTF is run by the Virginia State police in conjunction with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Strasburg Police Department, Front Royal Police Department, Page County Sheriff’s Office, Winchester Police Department, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.

The increase in drug seizures has gone hand in hand with the ongoing opioid crisis in Virginia. It was declared a public health emergency in 2016. Several programs have gone into effect to ward off the crisis, including needle exchange programs in the state.

Despite the efforts, people are continuing to lose their lives to opiod and other drug addictions. 25 people have died as a result of heroin or opioid overdoses in the Northern Shenandoah Valley so far this year.

Locally, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition is working with people living with drug addictions that want help. The Coalition released a list of signs someone could be under the influence of methamphetamines.

  • Erratic Behavior.
  • Exhibiting obsessive compulsive tasks consistently.
  • Dilated Pupils.
  • Quick Speech.
  • Substantial weight loss.
  • Extreme tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Skin lesions, sores and picking of the skin.
  • Paraphernalia like cut straws that can be used to smoke with.

The long term effects of methamphetamine include high blood pressure, damage to the heart and brain, endocarditis, vision changes, psychosis and the inability to experience pleasure.

If you think someone in your life is suffering from a drug addiction, visit www.roadtorecovery.info for more information on what you can do to help, and where to turn next if necessary.

 

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