‘Overwhelmed Overnight’

Local Explosion Of Designer Drugs Takes Heavy Toll Before Being Quelled

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Posted: February 16, 2013

Ashley Whitmer (left) gets advice from physical therapist Sarah Fagan during a rehab session Thursday afternoon at the RMH Wellness Center. Whitmer was involved in a near-fatal auto accident early last year when she was high on bath salts. Now she wants to see an end to designer drugs: “I don’t want another family to go through what my family has gone through.” (Photos by Michael Reilly)
Ashley Whitmer works out on a rowing machine during a rehab session Thursday at the RMH Wellness Center. She is recovering from an auto accident early last year that occurred when she was high on bath salts.
Ashley Whitmer heads for the massage table Thursday during a rehab session at the RMH Wellness Center.
Ashley gets a massage from physical therapist Sarah Fagan at the wellness center.
HARRISONBURG — In early 2012, Ashley Whitmer received her first dose of bath salts from a friend.

By the end of May, the 2007 Turner Ashby High School graduate was at the University of Virginia...


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