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High Potency Heroin Causes 30 Overdoses in the County

Post Date:09/07/2017 12:43 PM

September 7, 2017

Elkton, MD

The Labor Day Weekend proved to be lethal in Cecil County as authorities responded to over 25 overdoses and five overdose fatalities generating a concern that high potency heroin has invaded the County. All of these incidents occurred within a 72-hour period causing a strain on local responders. At least one of the incidents yielded two unconscious persons on the scene requiring the lifesaving administration of Naloxone.

Concern has increased recently that heroin combined with fentanyl is creating a highly toxic and lethal compound being used by unsuspecting users. In many cases, these users are dead in just a few seconds after using the product. 

Cecil County Executive Dr. Alan McCarthy is extremely concerned with the increase in use and the deaths of Cecil County citizens. “This is a real crisis that is claiming the lives of our young people,” said Dr. McCarthy, referring to the number of deaths this weekend.

Cecil County has been plagued with heroin overdoses for a number of years. This spring, Governor Larry Hogan declared a State of Emergency recognizing the crisis exists in the entire state. Locally, the County Executive and the Cecil County Department of Emergency Services are encouraging families to educate children and young adults on the effects of drug use.

If you are a user, you are encouraged to seek help for your addiction before becoming another fatality statistic. You are urged to contact local treatment facilities or visit for more information.


Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
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