PRESS RELEASE: Violent Crimes Increase as Drug Trend Changes
Stimulant Use on the Rise in the Northern Shenandoah Valley
Alternatives Offered for Clients Served by
Suboxone Clinics Involved in Investigation
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition has learned that as part of an ongoing investigation the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) executed federal search warrants Wednesday morning at two Suboxone clinics in Front Royal. NSVSAC officials want clients to avoid the risk of relapse, if there is an interruption in treatment, by seeking help at other treatment centers. Please click here here for the full release.
The Rotary Club of Winchester in partnership with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition (NSVSAC) has been named the recipient of a Rotary Foundation Global Grant that aims to give youth a reason to say “no” to drugs, identify early substance use, and intervene before more severe consequences occur. On Thursday, August 9th the Rotary Club of Winchester presented leaders from the NSVSAC with a check for $91,000 for the “Give Me a Reason” youth drug prevention initiative.
Did you know that 1 in 10 marijuana users will become addicted and for people who begin using before the age of 18, that number rises to 1 in 6. Marijuana use affects the brain! As parents, we protect our children by securing them in a car seat, making sure they wear a bike helmet, and holding their hand when we cross the road. Why then would we allow them to use marijuana when it affects their brain development? Allowing marijuana use will give addiction one foot in the door. According to the CDC marijuana can also affect the circulatory system and may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Learn more about how marijuana affects the brain and body.
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition held a Community Leadership Action Summit on November 18th in the Winchester Medical Center Conference Center. Local elected officials and community leaders learned more about the scope of the opioid and heroin addiction problem in our community and considered concrete solutions to address it. Click here to see the information that was presented.
What is addiction? Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain—they change its structure and how it works. Addiction results largely from brain changes that stem from prolonged drug use—changes that involve multiple brain circuits, including those responsible for governing self-control and other behaviors.
Addiction is treatable, often with medications (for some addictions) combined with behavioral therapies. However, relapse is common and can happen even after long periods of abstinence, underscoring the need for long-term support and care. Relapse does not signify treatment failure, but rather should prompt treatment re-engagement or modification. This website is one of a variety of awareness and education initiatives to inform the community about the disease of addiction, promote prevention, and offer helpful resources—locally and beyond.