Charles County Sheriff’s Office Taking a Stand Against the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

October 10, 2017

Sheriff Berry and the men and women of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, along with several community partners, are taking a stand against the heroin and opioid epidemic we are facing in our community.

Their new signboards, located in Waldorf and La Plata next to our stations along with several other locations throughout the county, they continue to be updated with these alarming numbers. This year, they have responded to 219 overdoses. They were able to save 83 lives by administering Narcan, however 27 lives were lost due to heroin and opioid overdoses.

They are working to bring these numbers down through efforts in several areas, including:

• Education: They are partnering with Charles County Public Schools, Charles County Government, and Charles County Department of Health to bring forth education and awareness about the dangers of heroin and opioids.

• Prevention: With help from law enforcement partners including the Maryland State PoliceLa Plata Police Department, MDMaryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police, and the State’s Attorney’s Office for Charles County, they are cracking down on dealers who are poisoning our community with deadly substances like fentanyl and carfentanyl found in heroin.

• Resources: They are working with local churches, faith-based communities, and other community organizations to provide resources for those facing addiction. The Charles County Detention Center educates inmates on these resources so that they can seek help upon their release, which helps to prevent recidivism.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, contact the Charles County Department of Health at 301-609-6661.

8 Responses to Charles County Sheriff’s Office Taking a Stand Against the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

  1. Rob Stark on October 10, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    The reason this won’t make any difference is that even though you have all the law enforcement agencies and the States Attorney on board, apparently, the judges are not. They give long sentences (some time) but the suspend all but a few months and then apply the time served. As long as that continues, the drug dealers will have no fear of punishment and will continue to sell their poison!

    By the way, nice signs! (Won’t do anything but they are pretty)

  2. Anonymous on October 11, 2017 at 8:33 am

    If my math is right… what about the 109 people they aren’t classifying as dead or saved?

  3. Anonymous on October 11, 2017 at 8:34 am

    What about a line of “## of people who saw help and is trying to be clean”

  4. Laura on October 11, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I added the numbers up and they just don’t make sense…. 83+27=110 not 219 maybe I’m reading that wrong?

    • Stop&Think on October 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      It is kind of confusing. All I can imagine is that those remaining people (109) overdosed, but were not administered Narcan?

  5. Heather on October 11, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I think that man gets off being photographed.

  6. Anonymous on October 11, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    FB sheriff at it again.

  7. Heather on October 12, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    That billboard of him LOL