The following information was submitted to the Carroll County Times by Linda Auerback and Joe Tabeling.
- Carroll County had 24 overdose deaths in 2013 and 30 overdose deaths from January to September in 2014.
- Substance abuse cost our nation more than 484 billion dollars per year: more than diabetes and cancer combined.
- The latest trend in substance abuse is snorting powdered caffeine, which can cause death.
- Heroin is manufactured in four regions: Southwest Asia, Southeast Asia, South America and Mexico. The majority of Baltimore's heroin is manufactured in South America.
- Slang terms for heroin: Kill Bill, Snow White, Mercedes, Batman, China White.
- Children as young as 6 years old have been recruited to work for gangs.
- Many gangs require a person to kill or dismember a girlfriend or family member to get in.
- One in four college women report surviving rape or attempted rape.
- Every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten.
- Every day in the U.S. more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
- Up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.