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Battling Heroin Addiction in Wicomico County

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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.

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