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Cambridge Heroin Overdoses On The Rise

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CAMBRIDGE,Md. - A rash of heroin overdoses in the Dorchester County town of Cambridge haspolice trying to raise awareness about the problem.

There have been six suspected heroin overdoses in just the last week, and one of those people died,according to Cambridge Police Chief Daniel Dvorak.

Three of those six overdoses occurred within a half hour of each other.

And, the heroin is being mixed with other drugs, by the dealer, most likely in Mexico, according to Bill Jones, Dorchester County State's Attorney.
The most common drug being mixed is Fentanyl, making the heroin even more lethal to unsuspecting users.

"They (users) don't really know what they are doing," said Jones."There is a likelihood of overdose and death, and we are seeinggenerations lost."And that drug use has a snowball effect, contributing to crime in town.

"People are stealing to get money to buy drugs. They're committing crimes while on drugs, children are not being supervised by parents on drugs," said Dvorak.

Nearly 1,300 people died in the state from overdoses in 2015 alone, accordingto Ron Hall, director of Dorchester Addiction Programs. 

Maryland treatment professionals say they want people to know there are facilities waiting to help them.

"You can walk in, we'll do an assessment and get a person in treatment," said Hall.

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