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Concert set to help raise opioid awareness

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The Music Center of Strathmore will host a benefit concert for Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates on April 17.  COURTESY PHOTOThe Music Center of Strathmore will host a benefit concert for Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates on April 17. COURTESY PHOTO  The opioid epidemic first hit home for Carin Miller after both her husband and son became addicted to painkillers.

The struggles of her family to deal with addiction led Miller, a resident of Mt. Airy, to start her own nonprofit foundation to help raise awareness for the issue and to help those addicted to opioids seek treatment.

“My children are good people with a bad disease and I would just like everybody to know that my children did not choose to become addicted,” Miller said.

On April 17, the Music Center at Strathmore will host a benefit concert for Miller’s organization, Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates. H. David Meyers, professional oboe player and Miller’s boss at AgriSmart, a Rockville-based agricultural company, helped organized the concert arranging for his musician friends to perform in order to raise awareness for opioids.

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The hidden pain and grip of heroin addiction

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Survivors and relatives speak to the pain and suffering of those caught in the grip of a dangerous drug

MP1 5780Lynda Hudmon talks of her son A.J., who died from a heroin overdose at age 22. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

In retrospect, it should have been obvious. But when her cash, jewelry and even a bottle of perfume went missing, Lynda Hudmon of Damascus didn’t connect the dots. 

She slowly began to suspect her teenage son, Anthony James “A.J.” Hudmon, used drugs, probably marijuana. But Hudmon didn’t realize her son was addicted to heroin until it was much too late. He died from a heroin overdose, the fifth overdose in his short life. He was only 22 years old.  

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Heroin Deaths Rise in MoCo

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Police say 35 dead and 81 non-fatal cases in the county since beginning of year

 

Through last week, 35 people in Montgomery County died this year overdosing on heroin and police investigated 81 non-fatal heroin overdose cases, a 140 percent already from the 52 non-fatal overdoses reported in 2015.

“It is crossing all geographic, ethnic and other socio-economic indicators. We have cases throughout the county’s more rural towns, such as Poolesville, to urban central business districts such as Silver Spring,” said Capt. Paul Liquorie, director of the Montgomery County Police Department’s Special Investigations Division.

Last year, there were 35 deaths due to heroin in the county but the department tracked heroin deaths differently, including incidents not just involving heroin but also heroin with opioids that were not legitimately prescribed, according to Liquorie.

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