Hooked: Delmarva's Drug Crisis - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Hooked: Delmarva's Drug Crisis


DELMARVA- Every day more than 1,000 people in the U.S. are treated for drug overdoses. Among them are people right here on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Police are racing against time, hoping to save one life after another, while families live in fear of losing their loved ones. At the epicenter of this epidemic are addicts - hooked to the lies and shame of their addiction.

The crisis on Delmarva is only getting worse, with Wicomico County leading the region's cases for opioid overdose deaths. Between January and March of 2017, the Maryland Department of Health reported 18 people overdosed on fentanyl, heroin, or prescription pills. In a response to the drug epidemic, police say they have seen a spike in crime related to the growing drug problem.

"Eighty-seven percent of all crime that we hand here in Wicomico County- 87 percent -is directly linked to drug addiction," says Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis. " Every single day, without exception, when deputies leave this office to go out on patrol, every day, they are making heroin arrests - that is a fact - everyday."

The concern with crime and drug use spans across the peninsula to Virginia and Delaware. Earlier this month, Delaware reported 171 overdoses statewide, crediting fentanyl in 109 of the 308 fatal drug overdoses last year. During the summer, Gov. John Carney signed Senate Bill 48, expanding access to naloxone by granting pharmacies permission to sell the life-saving antidote over the counter, following a similar bill in Maryland. Despite pushback, Delaware lawmakers says the bill is an important aspect in combating the crisis.

"I know there were some people who were a little upset [about the bill]," says Delaware Rep. Charles Paradee. "But if it was your son or daughter who was potentially overdosing, you would want to have that available to save their lives."

Carney designated $1 million of the state's budget for next year to funding substance abuse treatment programs, while in Maryland, the Hogan Administration committed over $22 million to the epidemic. During the last legislative session in, Virginia lawmakers pledged more than $15 million to combat this issue in the commonwealth.

In March 2017, WBOC began its journey to understand the crisis on Delmarva- committed to understanding how the epidemic started, what is fueling it, who it is affecting, and the solutions to problem. Over the past seven months, we've interviewed addicts, recovering addicts, and families who have experienced the heartache of grief from losing a loved one to the addiction. We also sat down with police departments and task force, in addition to lawmakers and health officials statewide and locally, to determine how we as a community can come together to support those in need of help.

Addiction is never easy to overcome alone. If you or a loved one is looking for assistance overcoming your addiction, look below for a list of services near you:

Drug Rehabilitation Programs:


Delmarva Teen Challenge: http://www.delawareteenchallenge.org/

Enlightening men with life-controlling problems to the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ; & Empowering the spiritually hungry through RELATIONSHIP with Christ and His body; & Equipping the committed  for SERVICE in Christ’s kingdom.

Serenity Properties: http://serenitypropertiesllc.com/

Serenity Properties is a set of homes that provides stable recovery housing for those seeking to recover from drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. The three homes for men and three for women provide dozens of beds, all within walking distance of transportation, jobs, meetings, stores, counseling, etc.

AMS of Delaware: http://www.amsdelaware.com/ 

The professional group of AMS Delaware, LLC is here to raise awareness and provide understanding from Addiction. We are an integrated healthcare provider with accessibility to individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by drug addiction. AMS of Delaware continues to cultivate a team of competent, compassionate personnel who are dedicated to individualized care and committed to continuously improving services. We use ongoing research and development to maintain an environment open to learning and to provide education to the community.

Connections: http://www.connectionscsp.org

Connections is a nonprofit organization that assists  people with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities, as well as those with substance use disorders, homeless veterans and their families, families in crisis, and men and women who are incarcerated. 


Lower Shore Clinic: http://www.lowershoreclinic.org

Peer Connection is an established rehabilitation program for people with co-occurring disorders. Dually diagnosed clients wish to be free of addiction and symptoms of mental illness but don’t recognize behaviors that undermine their efforts.We assist members in managing mental health and addictions issues to lead stable and productive lives. Peer Connection trains people in a peer-guided model with a unique language. Our members are taught to recognize self-defeating patterns that lead to instability and relapse. A group process stimulates awareness of these behaviors and encourages the devolopment of alternate solutions. We provide the setting, opportunity, and support for people wrestling with mental illness and substance abuse to lead manageable lives again. 

Chesapeake Treatment Services: http://www.chesapeaketreatmentservices.com/

Chesapeake Treatment Services Dedicated to the recovery of individuals struggling with opioid addiction. Its clinics offer Suboxone and daily doses of methadone. We offer affordable care in a loving environment and respect to recovering addicts. 

  • Easton: 402 Marvel Court, near the intersection of Idlewild Avenue and Route 50. Call: 410-822-7150
  • Ocean City: 12417 Ocean Gateway. Call: 443-373-2113. 
  • Salisbury: 1322 Belmont Ave. at the intersection of Civic Avenue in Route 50. Call 410-831-3904.

Hudson Health Services, Inc.: http://www.hudson-health.org/

Hudson Health Services is non-profit organization that has been treating individuals with Substance-Use Disorders since 1980.  We are a variable length of stay program that uses a multi-disciplinary, evidence based approach to educate patients about the Disease of Addiction and the tools necessary to establish and maintain sobriety.  

White Flint Recovery: http://www.whiteflintrecoveryeasternshore.com/ 

White Flint Recovery offers a drug free, therapeutic treatment program. Our target population is criminal offenders that are chemically addicted, whose lifestyles have demonstrated a level of personal and social dysfunction requiring professional intervention and rehabilitation. Treatment is to be followed by referral to less restrictive community agencies, if indicated. White Flint Recovery treatment programs provide outpatient treatment services through intensive addictions evaluation, substance abuse education, group counseling and a drug testing program that focuses on the individual needs of the client to plan the course and frequency of treatment.


Eastern Shore Community Services: http://escsb.org

The Eastern Shore Community Services Board (ESCSB) was formed in 1971 to provide mental health and substance abuse outpatient counseling services and vocational services and residences to the developmentally challenged in Northampton County and Accomack County, Virginia.

Right Path: https://rightpathaddictioncenters.com/location/suffolk-addiction-treatment-center/

Right Path is an outpatient treatment center that emphasizes combining evidence-based plans that have the highest success rates. Often referred to as MAT (medically assisted treatment), our physicians use medications such as BUPRENORPHINE, SUBOXONE, VIVITROL injections, and PROBUPHINE implants.  Right Path’s model of treatment has a strong emphasis of coupling medication with counseling and support. This combination has been proven to be the most effective way to treat opioid/heroin/alcohol addiction compared to other more traditional methods.

Resources & Awareness:

Facing Addiction: https://www.facingaddiction.org/

Facing Addiction Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis by unifying the voice of the over 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction.

Talbot Goes Purple: https://www.talbotgoespurple.org/

Talbot Goes Purple is an initiative from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary that empowers our youth and our community to ‘Go Purple’ as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse.

Worcester County Warriors: https://wocowarriors.org/

The Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction began in April, 2016 when a few community moms who had sons that were addicted to heroin joined forces to fight the drug in their community. When it became evident that many parents and others in Worcester County were dealing with the same issue, they decided to form an army against opiates and the Worcester County Warriors were born. In the short time that the Warriors have existed, the entire county has risen in support of this passionate battle. The Warriors have become a force to be reckoned with and they welcome anyone to join them in fighting the scourge that is threatening the people of our beautiful county.

Drug-Free Delaware: https://www.drug-freedelaware.org/

A community working together to design a drug-free county to prevent underage drinking, the use of illegal drugs, and misuse of prescription medicines. Our partners are unified individuals and organizations from every sector of the community caring about and working together.

Drug Free Va: http://drugfreeva.org/

The mission of the Sink or Swim initiative is to build broad awareness of issues related to drug addiction and be an information resource for individuals and families impacted by drug use.

Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices