Heroin overdose leads to man’s arrest

CAMBRIDGE — On May 26, members of the Dorchester County Narcotics Task Force, Cambridge Police Department and Dorchester County E.M.S. responded to 211 Killarney Road, Cambridge for a reported overdose. Upon arrival they found a 30-year-old male unresponsive. The police and E.M.S. administered Narcan and were able to revive the victim. Based on information received […]

Town Square for week of April 11, 2018

Town Square is an opinion column to which readers can submit their views. As a true community newspaper, we’re always looking for ways to include local thought and pertinent viewpoint, this forum is a way to share those thoughts. Civility and fair comment will always prevail. Naloxone is an opioid overdose-reversal drug available in Maryland […]

Sheriff Phillips briefs council on illegal drug initiative

Dorchester County Sheriff James Phillips updated the County Council on his office's fight against illegal drugs.

CAMBRIDGE – During the Dorchester County Council’s meeting on Oct. 10, Sheriff James Phillips updated the public on law enforcement efforts associated with county’s designation as a High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Dorchester joined the program on Oct. 1, having been affected by the nationwide epidemic of opioid addiction. Sheriff Phillips told the council members […]

On-call peers to assist in drug overdoses

CAMBRIDGE – Drug users who suffer from overdoses will soon have a peer-support system ready to assist them at an hour’s notice. Dorchester County Health Officer Roger Harrell said the local health department is creating a regional group to address drug abuse. The county has been recognized as a hot spot in the continuing opioid […]

Dorchester drug trade is targeted

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) Sept. 28 lauded the announcement that Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has been added to the counties designated as part of the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs). The designation will enable Dorchester County to receive federal resources to address the […]

DHMH releases 2016 overdose death data

66 percent increase from 2015 to 2016 driven by opioids CAMBRIDGE — Late last week, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released its 2016 fatal overdose data. The report found that 2,089 people died from overdoses last year, a 66 percent increase from 2015’s data. The largest surge was seen in residents 55 […]

Combating an evolving epidemic

Gov. Hogan, Dorchester County leaders respond to increasing threat of opioids CAMBRIDGE — For Gov. Larry Hogan, addressing the heroin and opioid epidemic in Maryland is a top priority. Since his campaign for governor began in January 2014, he has heard a cry for help from communities across the state, from the most urban to […]

Need help? Call the Dorchester County Health Department

County officials: Users seeking treatment won’t face time in jail CAMBRIDGE — In past installments of our series on the opioid problem in Dorchester County, we’ve spelled out the nature of the threat and voiced the concerns and efforts of law enforcement and the community. But, what should you do if you know you need […]

The face of addiction: One Shore resident discusses his history of use

EASTON — Bruce Strazza says he never aspired to be an addict. He sits with his coffee and watches his cell phone for text messages, just like everyone else at Rise Up Coffee on a Thursday afternoon. He’s slim, fit, hip-looking, with bright, aware eyes, and he exudes a sense of humor only strained by […]

Opioids and the law: Saving lives, cracking down

CAMBRIDGE — All markets are driven by demand, even the illicit market for opioids, heroin and other drugs in Dorchester County. Drug dealers calculate demand, profit, risk and reward in their dealings. The increasingly deadly dangers of heroin, fentanyl and pain killers demand a response from police, emergency personnel and the criminal justice system. In […]