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Residential Addiction Treatment Center Proposed
An inpatient addiction treatment center is planned to open in former Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit.
County officials responded to the local community's request for additional addiction recovery resources and view the future facility as a means to address the state's opioid crisis.
Last year, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared the opioid crisis a state of emergency. Since then, his administration has passed bills to expand drug prevention resources, including the Overdose Data Reporting Act. In addition, the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration provided prevention services to approximately 490,000 state residents.
The Maryland Department of Health reported that nearly 2,300 unintentional drug- and alcohol-related intoxication deaths occurred in the state in 2017. Wicomico County experienced 35 overdose deaths, more than half resulting from heroin use.
The Department of Public Safely and Correctional Services operated Poplar Hill before it shut down last summer.
Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver stated that renovations to transform Poplar Hill into an inpatient addiction treatment center may cost between $5 and 7 million.
County officials are planning to fit up to 60 beds and focus on long-term recovery when the center opens.