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. […]

Poplar Hill Camp eyed for live-in opioids rehab facility

As plans develop to transform the defunct Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit into a live-in rehab center for those addicted to opioids and other drugs, Wicomico County Council members will tour the facility and, in weeks to come, meet with Clay Stamp, Executive Director of the Opioid Operational Command Center under Gov. Larry Hogan. Council members […]

WBOC-TV wins Emmy for opioid crisis coverage

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter has awarded WBOC an Emmy Award for its news special Hooked: Delmarva’s Drug Crisis. The special aired on WBOC in October 2017. “The WBOC News Team works hard every day,” said Craig Jahelka, President, Draper Media. “It’s our moral obligation to serve […]

Local drug and alcohol deaths showing a decrease

Deaths related to drug and alcohol intoxication, including opioid overdoses, are down in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset Counties, according to 3rd Quarter 2017 Overdose Data released by the Maryland Department of Health. From January through September 2016, compared to the same period in 2017, intoxication fatalities are down 20 percent in Somerset County, 42 percent […]

Tonight’s community forum at Civic Center focuses on opioids, heroin abuse

As the battle continues against heroin and opioids, Health Department officials are asking the public to join in a discussion and offer suggestions at a forum tonight. Ideas will be exchanged following brief remarks from county leaders at Taking Back Our Community: A Community Conversation on Heroin and Opioids, from 6 to 8 p.m. in […]

COAT members saluted for helping stem overdoses

Team members who are making COAT more successful every year in the raging battle against drugs were honored with county proclamations last week. At a news conference, County Executive Bob Culver thanked them “for their extraordinary work in reducing the number of overdoses” and guiding individuals into treatment. Receiving proclamations were Christen Phillips, the first […]