In 2014 Talbot County ranked 5th out of Maryland’s 24 counties for self-reported abuse of heroin among high school students (Blue Ribbon Commission, 2014 status report). Data from the Talbot County Addictions Program shows that opiate/heroin use in the county increased 264% between 2010 and 2012 (Talbot Family Network, 2013). Addressing heroin addiction in a meaningful, results driven way, requires a multi-level approach; attacking the issue with community resources is part of that approach.
Communities across America are awakening to the problem of addiction. David Hill, founder of Chesapeake Treatment Services (CTS) and principle of Caulk Management, recently opened a new clinic in Easton dedicated to the recovery of individuals struggling with opioid addiction. It was the acceleration of the problem in Talbot County that made him pay attention and take action.