July 22, 2015 by James Dissette
Heroin is cheap, available and often mixed with other dangerous drugs. The result has been catastrophic nationwide for an ever-rising wave of opioid addiction and death by overdose. In 2014 alone, 37 Marylanders died from heroin laced with the synthetic opiate fentanyl, according Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The Eastern Shore has fared no better. According to the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council for Talbot County, Talbot ranks fifth in the state for 12th graders who have used heroin one or more times in their lives (8.5%). Over 22% of students have used prescription drugs like Oxycontin and Percocet.