Wicomico Goes Purple: Mom fights substance abuse

When he was just 29 years old, Chad Book lost his battle with addiction.  Now, his mother, Karen Dolch, tells his story whenever she can with hopes she’ll prevent another parent from enduring the same tragic loss. “I’m the mom of a child who died of this disease and I will do anything to get […]

Bryan Lloyd inspires through his opioids battle

Recovery doesn’t just happen overnight; it’s a journey. Bryan Lloyd knows this all too well. An affluent real estate developer when he started using heroin, Lloyd hit rock bottom before he turned his life around.  Now eight years clean, he is a pastor at Sonrise Church, where he shares his inspiring story with others who […]

Wicomico Goes Purple: Crystal Toomer guides addicts to recovery

Crystal Toomer spent much of her life at the corner of Church and Naylor, picking her poison and growing up years before her time. At age 13, she was smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol. By 15, she was snorting cocaine. When she turned 21, she lost both parents in the span of six months and […]

Wicomico Goes Purple to kick off Saturday

Wicomico County will “Go Purple” in September, with events planned to draw awareness to the substance abuse crisis in the community. Wicomico Goes Purple will kick off at this Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Delmarva Shorebirds game at Shorebirds Stadium. Aug. 31 is Overdose Awareness Day and Hudson Health Services will sponsor the post-game fireworks […]

One On One, Aug. 22, 2019: Wicomico Goes Purple

Stephanie Willey of Comcast Spotlight, and Diane Hyde and Laren Hughes of Peninsula Regional Medical Center talk about September’s “Wicomico Goes Purple” initiative, designed to raise awareness of opioid abuse in our community.

Wicomico joins litigation against opioid makers

Agreeing to be a participant in what’s being described in municipal circles as “a race to the courthouse,” Wicomico County formally joined a host of counties in Maryland and elsewhere as clients of a Texas law firm seeking to sue opioid manufacturers for reparations. County Executive Bob Culver took the proposal to hire the outside […]

Poplar Hill drug treatment center dead for now

Plans to transform the former Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit into a detoxification center have stopped, after the service provider that was interested, Connections Community Support Programs, officially withdrew. “They were our only official bidder, although there have been about a half-a-dozen that showed interest,” Assistant County Administrator Weston Young told the Salisbury Independent late Tuesday. […]

Wicomico session on opioid center proposal is April 16

The Wicomico County Council will hold a public session April 16 to discuss a proposal about which they are clearly skeptical — an opioid treatment center that would be located on the former site of the Poplar Hill Pre-Release Center in Quantico. In an at-times testy encounter last week with top state officials appointed to […]

State to contribute to Poplar Hill recovery center

Wicomico County has been granted nearly $1 million from the state to begin renovating the former Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit and transforming it into a live-in detoxification and recovery center for those addicted to opioids and other drugs. On Thursday, Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and Assistant County Administrator Weston Young attended a news conference […]

Anti-opioids program’s success continues

Two years after being launched, Wicomico County’s Community Outreach Addictions Team, recognized nationally for its design and collaboration, has been pronounced successful. When COAT began in 2016, there were 264 opioid overdoses treated at the emergency room at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, which collaborated with the team. In 2017, total opioid overdoses dropped to 192. […]