New numbers show heroin continues to grow in the Valley

Published: Aug. 30, 2016 at 5:05 PM EDT
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New numbers shared with WHSV by the RUSH drug task force, which serves Rockingham County and Harrisonburg, show the heroin problem in the area continues to grow.

The latest numbers, from April to June of this year, show the task force seized 233 grams of heroin. In the first three months of this year, the task force seized 579 grams of heroin.

That means that in the first half of this year, 812.7 grams of heroin have been seized by the task force. In all of 2015, the task force seized between 55 and 60 grams of heroin.

In the first half of 2016, officers have seized more than 14 times the amount of heroin seized in the entire year of 2015.

In July, WHSV's Katie Caler took an in-depth look along with police at the rise of heroin in the Valley. You can see that story, along with many others, in the 'Related Stories' section of this article.

The task force told WHSV that methamphetamine is still a big problem in the area too. So far this year, they have seized 1500 grams of that drug. The task force expects that number to increase sharply when the next reports come out.

The task force also reports marijuana is on the rise as well.