Wicomico sees concerning uptick in opioid cases

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the entire country, it is important to remain vigilant in our efforts to address the opioid epidemic in our community.

Lori Brewster.

Unfortunately, since the beginning of the pandemic, Wicomico County has seen increasing numbers of overdoses.

“Although we cannot be sure what has specifically contributed to the increase in overdoses, we know that lack of support systems, loss of jobs, added stressors, isolation and limited access to treatment has made recovery much more difficult, and has led to relapses,” said Lori Brewster, Wicomico County Health Officer.

Although numbers are still preliminary, it appears Wicomico has surpassed year-to-date overdoses, when compared to this time period from 2019.

There are resources available to assist those battling the disease of addiction, as well as their family members. Some of these resources are as follows:

–Community Outreach Addictions Team (COAT) — 24/7 access to peers in recovery assisting with linkages to resources and treatment for those battling addiction — 443-783-6875.

–Safe Station- Open 24/7 for individuals seeking treatment and recovery services, located at 726 South Salisbury Blvd. or call 443-783-6875.

–Wicomico County Health Department- Contact the Local Behavioral Health Authority for a list of treatment providers in Wicomico County 410-543-6981.

–Maryland Coalition of Families- Dedicated to serving families with behavioral health needs, including mental health, substance use and gambling issues. Main office: 410-730-8267 or Email:info@mdcoalition.org.

–Recovery Resource Center — Offering meetings and support for those looking to start or continue their journey to recovery — located at 726 South Salisbury Blvd.

Wicomico County Health Department is also offering contactless Naloxone training and delivery at this time. Naloxone, also sold under the brand name Narcan, is an opioid overdose reversal medication.

If you or someone you love is currently struggling with an addiction, please contact 443-783- 6875 or 410-543-6981 to obtain this medication, or contact your local pharmacy. For more information about the opioid epidemic and local resources, connect with the health department at wicomicohealth.org or through our social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram (WicomicoHealth) or Twitter (@WicomicoHealth).  

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