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Maryland General Assembly

Editorial: More drug treatment dollars needed

Of all the problems facing Carroll County — and the state, for that matter — heroin addiction might be one of the most difficult challenges to address. Here in Carroll, 36 people died from the use of heroin between 2012 and the first six months of 2014, the most recent statistics available from the state health department. Those statistics showed that, statewide, there has been 578 heroin overdoses in 2014 — a 21 percent increase over 2013. And, according to Carroll County State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo, the problem is only getting worse. The key to this battle is treatment. Getting addicts into drug treatment facilities early on in their struggles is the best way...