This year 14 people in the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force Area have died from overdosing on heroin. It’s becoming a growing problem in our area as local law enforcement agencies have seen a sharp increase in heroin usage since the beginning of the year. In addition to the deaths, 29 people have overdosed on heroin, causing injury to themselves. As a result the Task Force is cracking down on heroin dealers in an effort to put an end to this growing epidemic. The Task Force Command Board has shown great support in getting behind this initiative to focus on these recent increases. “We are going to throw all of our resources; local, state, and federal, at the growing trend of heroin cases we’ve seen in our area in the last six months,” says Lt. W. Stotlemyer.
The Command Board of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force will hold a press conference on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 on the heroin problem in our area. The press conference will be held at the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 10 a.m.
The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force covers Frederick County, Winchester, Clarke County, Warren County, Front Royal, Page County, Strasburg, and Shenandoah County.
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) firstname.lastname@example.org