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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia

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Rep. Comstock on HIDTA Designation for Frederick County

October 14, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement on the decision from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to designate Frederick County, Virginia as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), making Frederick eligible to receive federal resources to assist the County’s drug control efforts:

“The community worked together hand-in-hand to get Frederick County designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.  Over the past 18 months, we have worked with our sheriffs and commonwealth attorneys, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, the Winchester Medical Center, and the recovery community on all of the aspects of the heroin problem.   Our community is directly experiencing the pain and suffering associated with this epidemic that resulted in 22 overdose deaths in the region this year and even more hospitalizations.  Many, if not most, of my constituents can point to a friend or family member who is or has been struggling with substance abuse.  This designation means that our region will receive additional federal resources to assist in improving coordination among law enforcement, public health officials, educators, and concerned citizens to help get treatment and services to those in need while enabling the community to turn the tide against this drug crisis.” 

BACKGROUND:

On October 13, the White House ONDCP announced a HIDTA designation for Frederick County, bringing it into the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA Region.  ONDCP’s press release, which also announces the designation of 17 other U.S. counties, can be found HERE.

Click HERE to view the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA threat assessment for Frederick County, which contains additional data on the drug crisis in Northern Virginia and the region.

Click HERE to view Congresswoman Comstock’s press release on the formation of the Heroin Operations Team (HOT).

Click HERE and HERE to view the letters of support Congresswoman Comstock sent to ONDCP in support of a HIDTA designation for Frederick County and other counties party to the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force.

Click HERE to view Congresswoman Comstock’s press release on the adoption of her amendment to increase funding for the HIDTA program during consideration of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017.

Click HERE to view Congresswoman Comstock’s press release on passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.