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Berlin, Md. – Atlantic General Hospital is partnering with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and New Castle County Delaware’s Heroin Alert program, “The Heroin Trap” to offer a free program, “Addiction Hurts: Struggles Facing our Families and Community.”

Free and open to the entire community, the goal of this event is to raise awareness about the risk of addiction and to provide resources for addiction rehabilitation, counseling and family support. According to the Worcester County Health Department…

  • In 2012, there was only one reported opioid use related death in Worcester County. In 2015 that number rose to 11 reported overdose deaths tied to heroin / opioid use.
  • Admissions to treatment for Heroin doubled in Worcester county; whereas statewide the number remained constant (2009-2011)
  • Opioid-related admissions to treatment tripled in Worcester county, while the number increased by less than 2% statewide

Representatives from the Heroin Alert Program and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office will provide valuable information about the heroin epidemic, the effects on our community and how people can get help overcoming addiction. Marie Allen, author of “Dope Help,” will share her personal story of losing a child to addiction. Allen has set her personal goal to tell as many people as possible about her daughter and the dangers of heroin addiction.


Location: Stephen Decatur High School

Time: 6:00 p.m.

FREE and open to the community

For more information contact Donna at 410-629-6820 or

About Atlantic General Hospital

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) counties since May 1993. Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md., combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology and services. It provides quality specialty care such as weight loss surgery, orthopedics, outpatient infusion and chemotherapy for individuals with cancer or blood/autoimmune disorders, and a comprehensive women’s diagnostic center. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary care providers and specialists, care for residents and visitors throughout the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit