Bad heroin cause overdoses, death in Cambridge

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff Cambridge Police Chief Daniel Dvorak speaks Tuesday, on the six recent overdoses in Cambridge. County and city authorities are awaiting lab results, but suspect heroin laced with Fentanyl is the cause. From left are Lt. Justin Todd, commander of the criminal investigations division and special operations for Cambridge Police; Donald Hall, addictions program director for the Dorchester County Health Department; Chief Dvorak and Dorchester County State’s Attorney William Jones.

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff
Cambridge Police Chief Daniel Dvorak speaks Tuesday, on the six recent overdoses in Cambridge. County and city authorities are awaiting lab results, but suspect heroin laced with Fentanyl is the cause. From left are Lt. Justin Todd, commander of the criminal investigations division and special operations for Cambridge Police; Donald Hall, addictions program director for the Dorchester County Health Department; Chief Dvorak and Dorchester County State’s Attorney William Jones.


By Bob Zimberoff
Dorchester Banner

CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge and Dorchester County officials want to get the word out — a potentially deadly mix of heroin and Fentanyl is being distributed in Cambridge and Dorchester County.

According to Lt. Justin Todd, commander of the criminal investigations division and special operations for Cambridge Police, there have been six recent heroin overdoses including one death in Cambridge. The first case came early in the morning of Aug. 11 and there were two more later that day.

While awaiting lab results, authorities suspect Fentanyl is the cause of the overdoses. The drug cocktail has ravaged the Mid-Atlantic for more than three years.
“Fentanyl is here, make no mistake,” said Dorchester State’s Attorney William Jones. “It’s here in the city. We’ve had seizures out in the county.”

Mr. Jones said his office is working with organizations like police in Cambridge and Hurlock, county sheriff’s and health departments to curb the drug problem.

“People need to understand that if they are heroin addicts and they think that they are buying heroin, they might be buying a whole lot more than that,” he said. “We’re seeing generations of offspring now, children without parents, basically, to raise them … I am launching an initiative that will bring together all of the parts of this problem to lay our cards on the table. I’m going to be asking folks involved in prevention, enforcement, prosecution, my own people and the treatment providers to come together …”

Donald Hall, addictions program director for the Dorchester County Health Department, said the department maintains an open-door policy to anyone seeking treatment for drug addiction.

“It’s important to realize that in 2015, 1,259 people died in this state from an overdose,” he said. “I don’t think that’s something that we can ignore. The numbers are cloudy, but we know that there’s an increase in Fentanyl in Maryland. … We have to connect to those who are out there suffering and get them to treatment.”

Mr. Hall asked anyone concerned about addiction, even family and friends of loved ones, to visit or call the Dri-Dock Wellness and Recovery Center at 202 Sunburst Highway, Cambridge, 410-228-3230. He said services are also available at the health department also, at 524 Race St., 410-228-7714.

“This is a major issue that we have,” said Cambridge Police Chief Daniel Dvorak. “In the City of Cambridge, we need to rise to the challenge and find ways to end this cycle of addiction and criminality. Generations are being affected by addiction and the effects are going to be visible for years to come if we don’t address this escalating need in our community.”

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