How and Why the Social Movement Against Heroin
In my local area, we have campaigns, committees, and movements such as CLEAN (Community and law enforcement against narcotics) and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition (CLEANInc., n.d.). Examples of media, school, physician, and community awareness include participation in programs such as CLEAN, community events such as the “Addicted to hope rally” that took place on September 17, 2016 at a local high school in Winchester, Virginia, police drug task forces, and requests from the governor to the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (Beck, 2016).
I chose to focus on heroin because it has become the “drug of choice.” In the past year, 14 heroin related deaths and 29 heroin related injuries have been reported in the Northern Shenandoah Valley; 20 of these heroin related incidents happened within the Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia area (Boughton, 2016) The Virginia Department of health is estimating 380 fatal heroin overdoses (Virginia Department of Health, 2016). By 2017, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Counsel hopes to see a decrease in heroin related overdoses, infants exposed to substances, intervention between children and their caregivers, and crimes associated with addiction (The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, 2016)
Boughton, M. (2016). Deaths from heroin on the rise. Shenandoah Valley Now. Retrieved from: http://www.shenvalleynow.com/news/article/deaths_from_heroin_on_the_rise
CLEANInc. (n.d.). Welcome to CLEAN. Retrieved from: http://www.cleaninc.org/
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition (2016) The opioid addiction crisis in the Northern Shenandoah Valley; A community response. Retrieved from: https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/taskforce/minutes/20160504/NShenandoahValleySubstanceAbuseCounsel05042016.pdf
Virginia Department of Health, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, (2016). Fatal Drug Overdose Quarterly Report 2016. Retrieved from: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/18/2016/04/Quarterly-Drug-Death-Report-FINAL_July-2016.pdf