Battling Heroin Addiction in Wicomico County - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Battling Heroin Addiction in Wicomico County

Posted: Updated:

SALISBURY, Md.- Heroin is a growing problem across Maryland and one place where that issue is evident is Wicomico County. The number of heroin overdose deaths across the state from 2011 to 2012 rose 54 percent, with Wicomico County seeing the death rate in that time rise from three to nine people.

Addiction to the drug can derail someone's life. Annie Powell is a recovering heroin addict.

"It's the devil," she said. "I mean, it is a monster that lives inside of you and you don't remember that person you were last year. There's days you don't remember. You know, it's very dangerous," said Powell.

Powell said she started using heroin with her ex-boyfriend about a year ago, and that quickly spiraled into injecting heroin multiple times on a daily basis.

"I shouldn't even be here.  I have OD'd four to six times in the last year.  I have lost pretty much everything," she said. "I pretty much have the clothes on my back, the clothes in the house.  I've lost my apartment, all of my financial stuff."

Fortunately Powell has gotten herself clean and escaped an early death by overdose.  However, she said that it was not an easy turnaround, and her journey even included a short jail stay.  Powell had a message for anyone using or anyone who has even though about trying heroin.

"Just use your head.  Do you want your parents finding you dead? Do you want to be behind bars while your loved ones are out here? Think about your children.  Think about, do you want your little sister to be doing that?"

Powell went on to say that finding something or someone to motivate you to stay clean goes a long way.

"My two children.  I've missed so much.  My daughter, she is 15 months and she never got to know the mommy I should have been and now she is learning.  And my son, he didn't have me for about a year.  He's gone through some things, both of them have and they just didn't have me," Powell said.

Powell vows not to let the monster of heroin addiction tear her from her family again.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Appointed DelTech President Rejects Offer

    Appointed DelTech President Rejects Offer

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:19 AM EDT2014-07-25 05:19:49 GMT
    Wor-Wic Community College President Dr. Ray Hoy announced Thursday he will not become the fifth president of Delaware Technical Community College, despite DelTech's public announcement of the appointment weeks ago.More
    Wor-Wic Community College President Dr. Ray Hoy announced Thursday he will not become the fifth president of Delaware Technical Community College, despite DelTech's public announcement of the appointment weeks ago.More
  • Tornado Leaves 2 Dead, 36 Hurt at Va. Campground

    Tornado Leaves 2 Dead, 36 Hurt at Va. Campground

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:40:58 GMT
    A confirmed tornado accompanied by softball-sized hail and rain toppled dozens of trees and flipped recreational vehicles at a campground Thursday, killing two people and injuring 36, officials said.More
    The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a tornado tore through Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort on Virginia's Eastern Shore on Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs. A husband and wife were killed. Thirty-six other people were injured.More
  • Del. Court Upholds Death Sentence in Rape-Murder

    Del. Court Upholds Death Sentence in Rape-Murder

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:43 AM EDT2014-07-25 05:43:26 GMT
    Delaware's highest court has upheld the conviction and death sentence for a man found guilty of raping and killing a University of Delaware student.More
    Delaware's highest court has upheld the conviction and death sentence for a man found guilty of raping and killing a University of Delaware student.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service