Numbers show Wicomico County ahead of state in preventing opioid overdose deaths

SALISBURY, Md. –  Despite an eight-percent rise in opioid overdose deaths in the state of Maryland, Wicomico County stayed steady in the latest numbers released. The numbers, from the Unintentional Drug and Alcohol Related Intoxication Death report, compared death tallies from January to September in 2017 to the same time frame in 2018.

The report says 30 deaths occurred over both periods of time.

Though officials were hopeful for decreasing numbers, they say there are a few factors for Wicomico’s report.

Such as responding with initiatives like the COAT team, or Community Outreach Addictions Team. Others point to the amount of Narcan and training being done within the county.

Now more help is on the way. Following a $972,684 grant from the state, the county will be renovating the Poplar Hill Facility into a 24-hour treatment facility. Something that those in need currently have to go into Delaware, or across the bridge for at this time.

The center will offer detoxification, residential inpatient treatment, and recovery resources. It will also offer an employment service, helping residents reintegrate back into the community.

Officials hope that with these new tools, we can soon see a reversal in these overdose numbers.

The county says it plans to utilize the funding they received as soon as possible for the Poplar Hill Facility. They are also looking for upwards of $1 Million more in funding.

We’re told that funding would come from the state, and from the USDA at the federal level. But because of the shutdown, that process is currently stalled out.

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