11.6 percent of Dorchester high schoolers have tried heroin, according to state data


DORCHESTER CO., Md. – Dorchester County Health Department officials report that more than 11 percent of their high school students say they’ve tried heroin, which is almost double what other counties on the shore are seeing.

As part of Dorchester’s Go Purple campaign, they’re sharing daily social media messages to bring awareness to the opioid epidemic including that 11.6 percent of high schoolers have tried heroin. Officials say this statistic is from the state’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which is conducted during every even school year so the most recent one was done was in 2018. Officials say, by sharing this kind of information with the community, they hope to start conversations at home.

“I think with all of our daily messages, we want them to serve as conversation points and really encourage people to have these conversations if it’s with their child, their grandchild, a family member, loved one or anyone they care about and really bring attention to the fact that substance abuse and misuse is a local issue,” says Angela Grove, the Health Education Program Manger at the Dorchester County Health Department.

According to the state’s statistics, other counties report the following percentages of their high school students have tried heroin:

  • Queen Anne’s County – 3.5%
  • Talbot County – 4.3%
  • Caroline County – 4.0%
  • Wicomico County – 5.2%
  • Somerset County – 4.9%
  • Worcester County – 3.7%

Dorchester officials say a lot of their Go Purple campaign initiatives are happening virtually this year, click here for a list of events.

For online resources about how to access treatment, how to properly store and dispose of medications along with other information, visit IWishIKnewMidShore.org.

To learn more about treatment or recovery options, contact the Dorchester County Health Department at 410-228-7714.

If you or a loved one need crisis support, you can call the 24/7 Eastern Shore Crisis hotline at 888-407-8018. If you have an emergency please dial 911.

Categories: Local News, Maryland, Opioid Crisis