Salisbury, MD: Today I received the sad news that 2 individuals died as the result of an overdose in my neighborhood with another individual being hospitalized. Our family wishes to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families suffering this terrible loss and we continue to keep the one individual who survived in our prayers.
Drug use and addiction has become a terrible scar on neighborhoods throughout our country as it is destroying lives and families. Children at ages way to young are being exposed to the harsh realities of addictions and living first hand through hell with parents and family members suffering addictions.
Last night at the Salisbury City Council Work Session Mayor Day advised us of a forthcoming budget amendment that will be requesting the start of and coordination of a Task Force proposed by Councilwoman Laura Mitchell and will include the Wicomico County States Attorneys Office, Salisbury Police Department and various other professionals in our community to determine what are some the immediate and long term steps we can take to address various forms of addictions.
I believe that those who struggle with addictions need the full support of our community and the strong guidance of intensive treatments. These are not situations we can simply fix in a week or two, we must have long term strategies for support and treatment. If you have an individual who is suffering from addiction, I strongly encourage you to seek professional guidance on how to get immediate help and intervention into the situation.
On the other side, we need an all hands on deck strategy in targeting the distribution and supply network of the drugs flowing in our community. We need a strong multi-jurisdictional, multi-state approach to dropping the hammer on those manufacturing, storing and distributing narcotics. I am in full support of the Mayor’s strategies and focus on this issue and truly wish there was more that we can do.
From a community standpoint I implore parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, to have these hard conversations with the children that you influence in your lives and the importance of making good, healthy life choices so that they do not end up as a statistic in the news.
Salisbury City Council District 2
Muir W. Boda
Councilman - District 2
125 N Division Room 305
Salisbury, MD 21801