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Proposal: Drug addiction in Cumberland Maryland

Drugs are a plague on our country, and we need to do whatever we can to help people who are addicted to them.

The Issue

Problem Defined

The problem that I am trying to solve is the drug problem in Cumberland Maryland. It is a very prominent problem that needs to be solved.

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Drug OverdosesMORE

In 2014 there were 210 non-fatal and 12 fatal drug overdoses in Allegany County. In 2017 there was 413

non-fatal and 61 fatal overdoses.

Possible reasonsMORE

Doctors will prescribe too much of something to someone and they will become reliant on the drug. When the prescription runs out many people aren’t able to get anymore so they go out and buy heroin or something else from a drug dealer.

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I am an Allegany College of Maryland Student Majoring in Criminal Justice

Thomas Dumas
Diane McMahon
Associate Professor of Sociology - Allegany College of Maryland
I am a sociology professor at Allegany College of Maryland, which is located in Cumberland, MD. I also work as the Faculty Director of the Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) Center at the college. I have worked in a variety of professions in my past that focuses on helping the homeless. Most recently I was the director of a peace and justice organization in Pittsburgh.

I am a great supporter of the work of TheChisel.com because it helps raise up topics that students and community members can work on together, in a bi-partisan manner, to address.

The Solution

Proposed Actions
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Solution 1MORE

Doctors need to only prescribe the medicine if they feel like the person needs it, and to give them less of the medicine. They need to give less because, usually, people are given a bottle full of medicine when they only need half a bottle to help deal with whatever they need too, or they need to lessen the milligrams of the medicine.

Solution 2MORE

Help the police figure out where the drug dealers are located. Doing this will let them bust the dealer before they are able to relocate where they are at.

Solution 3MORE

We could make drug screens a regular practice with all jobs, whether it’s for someone who was just hired or for someone who’s been employed for a while.

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We can try to make drug treatment centers more affordable and available for people who are addicted to a drug and want help stopping.

Expected Results
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Result 1MORE

The expected results of the solutions are that we stop doctors from over-prescribing medicine to people.

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We stop the drug dealers from being able to supply people with drugs. We encourage people to stop doing drugs and continue to not do them while they are working

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Lastly we encourage people to go to drug treatment center by making them more affordable and accessible.


Estimated budget of about $50,000 to $100,000. To give police more funding to deal with the drug dealers, and to help make drug prevention centers more available.

The Conversation

5 months ago
I know many people that have or have been addicted to drugs at one point in their life. Some of the people have been family, others were friends. I know what drugs can do to a person and it's something we need to help prevent.

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