Synthetic Drug Use Among Local Teens Remains Steady


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HARRISONBURG, Va. Nationally, the number of teens using synthetic drugs has gone down. In the Valley; however, the numbers have remained steady over the past couple of years, according to the Virginia State Police.

Mark Campbell is the Supervisory Special Agent Task Force Coordinator for Virginia State Police.

He said, bath salts were a problem in the Shenandoah Valley, but after the heavy investigations, the number of teens using bath salts is down. Now, Molly is the drug they are cracking down on locally.

"We put pressure on the trending thing at the time. If bath salts were the thing here a couple months ago, or a year ago, you know we had all of our enforcement efforts to that. It drove that underground and all that does is force them to something else. It just cycles," said Campbell.

Overall, the number one investigation in the area is marijuana. There was 159 cases in Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg, this past year.

Campbell said, its popularity has a lot to do with the acceptance of the culture, here in the valley.


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