Drug overdoses associated with Heroin use in Frederick County continues, according to Commissioner Billy Shreve, who is part of a coalition of local leaders heading up an effort to fight drug abuse. A series of educational meetings have been held throughout Frederick County. "Attendance is low," said Shreve. "You know, first it's tough to come out to these meetings, especially if your child is using. But we have many resources on the county's website, and you can see the entire presentations, because a lot of parents if they do have a problem, they don't want to come to a public forum, if they do have a problem," Shreve continued.
"You can also call 211. It's a drug hotline number available to Frederick County residents," Shreve said.
According to the State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, ten people in Frederick County died from heroin overdoses in 2012. The same number of fatal heroin related overdoses were reported in 2011. In 2010 there were six.
The next Drug Abuse Awareness meeting is taking place on March 19, 2014, at Brunswick High School, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.