NEW: Town Hall Meetings Slated To Combat Heroin Problem

Meetings Come After A Series Of Overdose Deaths In Northern Valley

Posted: April 7, 2014

Daily News-Record

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County law enforcement plan to hold a series of town hall meetings next week to educate residents about heroin — a drug whose growing presence has plagued the northern Shenandoah Valley for more than a year.

Roughly two dozen people died and more than 100 others were treated for suspected heroin overdoses last year in northwestern Virginia, which includes Shenandoah County, according to the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force.

Police have scheduled three town hall meetings, entitled “The Dangers of Heroin: What You Should Know.”

The meetings are geared to educate the public about the signs of heroin use and what the community can do to combat the problem.

Law enforcement have released the following schedule for the meetings:

- April 14 in the cafeteria at Strasburg High School, 250 Ram Drive.

- April 15 in the old gym at Central High School, 1147 Susan Ave., Woodstock

- April 16 in the library at Stonewall Jackson High School, 150 Stonewall Lane, Quicksburg

All meetings, which will feature and question-and-answer period, begin at 6 p.m.

In addition to the drug task force, some of the agencies participating in the meetings include the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, local police departments, medical professionals and former addicts.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com



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