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Are drugs actually taking over the world? Does somebody you know have an addiction problem? These are the ways we plan to take action to stop the addiction problem in our hometown.

The Issue

Problem Defined

We are trying to solve the drug abuse problems in our hometown.  Drugs have become a larger issue over the years and is causing the community of Cumberland to move away from here. In Cumberland alone there has been multiple over dose's in just the past year. Their have been nineteen intoxication related deaths in 2019 alone. We feel that it is unacceptable for drugs to be taking over our small community. Resources should be reinstated all around the tristate area to try and touch on this ongoing issue among us. 

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Overdose's are becoming more frequent and are occurring more than ever. MORE

Multiple people in our hometown overdose daily. People that take drugs have no way of knowing that they are going to cause them to overdose. Drugs coming into our hometown recently have been laced with multiple unknown substances that should not be consumed into the body. Drugs can take a large tool on a persons mental and physical state. Multiple drugs can cause people to overdose even if they don't know that is a possibility. 

Drug Trafficking is happening around us everyday. MORE

The drugs that come into out hometown often come from Baltimore. This can be a cause of the overdose rates going up. Many of the drugs that come from Baltimore may be laced with other drugs, to bring the marketing rate down and the sales rate up.

Ways people become addictedMORE

Many people become injured with a minor injury. This can cause them to receive pain killers from the doctor, which can easily lead to addiction. Which then can lead to the abuse of heroin. Another way someone can become addicted is teenagers hang around the wrong people and get peer pressured into doing drugs. 


Every time a drug addict overdoses they get narcan provided to them for free. Although children struggling with server allergies have to pay hundreds of dollars on there epipen shots. We believe that if ones for free the other one should be as well. We also think that if they give you a narcan shot you should have to pay for it. 

How if effects the familyMORE

Drug users are not the only ones affected by drugs their families are too. We feel that families are affected in many ways when people in their families are addicted to drugs. For example mothers often loose their child to drug addiction. When individuals become addicted to drugs they become a different person. Drugs change the appearance, mentality, and pshyical behavior of the person using the substance. Drugs can easily consume the life of the families that have members addicted. 

Preventing Drug Misuse and Addiction: The Best Strategy.

National Institute on Drug Abuse - (July 1, 2018)


This article talks about groups of children and teens who have factors that put them at increased risk of drug use. Drugs are used to suppress feeling after traumatic situations. For example divorce can be hard on both adults in the situation and also children involved. 

Overdose Prevention in Maryland.

Behavioral Health Administration - (March 1, 2017)


This article states how Maryland was in a state of Emergency due to heroin, opioids, and fentanyl crisis. The state of emergency allowed the rates of the death tool due to opioid related deaths has gone down in this past year. Many people switch to heroin and become more addicted because the price of opioids has skyrocketed. 

Arrested In Dtug Trafficing Ring That Distributed Fentanyl, Heroin, And Cocaine.

13 WJZ CBS Baltimore - (May 24, 2019)


Seventeen people arrested due to trafficking illegal drug form Baltimore to Cumberland. There was a ring of drug traffickers, the organization got busted. They were traveling the drugs from Baltimore and storing them in Ware houses around Allegany county. 

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Maryland Opioid Survey

National Institute of Drug Abuse - (Invalid date)


Heroin is causing multiple issue with HIV and hepatitis in Allegany county. This chart shows the amount of users becoming infected with deceases due to use of unsterile heroin needles. This makes the population of Cumberland decrease because families with children don't want to raise their child in such harsh environments.

Prescribe Change Allegany County

http://www.prescribechangeallegany.org/state-and-local-stats.html - (Invalid date)


These are statistics answered by real students that attend schools in Allegany county. Drug use in the teens has gone up significantly in our community. Cumberland created an atmosphere around drugs that makes it seem okay for children and young adults to abuse a substance that is damaging their ability to grow and think.


We are all attending Allegany college of Maryland. Before college we all meet at our job at McDonald's. We are looking to help our small town with a bigger issue. We all feel the same way about this issue happening around us everyday. It makes the environment feel very unsafe to live around. We are all eighteen years old and our persueing different careers.

Kylee Bevan
Ashley Easton
Allie Kasecamp
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.
Jannae Miller
Jannae Miller

The Solution

Proposed Actions
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Spreading Awareness to the situationMORE

Making posters to put around the community at our local shops and businesses. Brochure's can also be a helpful way to let our community know how big of an issue the drugs are becoming in Cumberland. Spreading awareness about this issue is necessary to enlighten everybody on this ongoing tragedy. It reminds people that have a substance abuse that it isn't okay to continue this life destructive behavior. 


Volunteer work is crucial for free concealing to help people overcome there addicition without the cost that comes with it. The individuals who choose to volunteer would have choices of where they could volunteer at. Some examples are schools, homeless shelter, drug clinics, and rehab centers. 

Providing assistance to those who need itMORE

Many people that are under the influence of drugs need assistance. When drugs take over your life you spend all of your money on them. We feel that housing units for people that can not afford them should be provided to them. Our town is in poverty as is, we need to come together as a community to raise awareness to help those in need. People would continue to move into our town if we bettered the atmosphere. 

Doctors need to watch what they are prescribing. MORE

When doctors prescribe medication for individuals after a traumatic situation, such as car accidents or surgeries, they need to find a different source of medication besides opioids. Opioids can become a very addictive substance which can lead you to addiction. The solution here would be to resort to higher doses of Ibuprofen or use certain therapies instead of any opioids. 

Local Addiction HotlineMORE

We feel it would be beneficial to set up an addiction hotline so that individuals don't feel alone. When becoming addicted to drugs your life can fall apart right in-front of you. Your family can leave you, your significant other can leave you, and then you find yourself alone. This hotline would be a place to call when your feeling alone, hopeless, feeling of relapsing, a place to call when you want to get clean, and a place to call when you need a friend. 

Expected Results
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Individuals in the community need to step up and help the others in need. Volunteering can be done in many ways, such as helping create and design the posters and brochures. Helping volunteer for public concealing in the school, shelters, and clinics would be beneficial as well. You can also volunteer for the local hotline we want to set up in our hometown. Individuals can help the community in many ways. 

Local Addiction HotlineMORE

This would be beneficial to the community in many ways. It would lower the rate of deaths related to drugs in Allegany county. This would help individuals struggling with drug abuse have somebody to talk too. When becoming addicted to drugs you can feel hopeless and like there is nobody to talk to. This will Give people an opportunity to be able to have somebody to talk to. 

Spreading AwarenessMORE

It is beneficial for the community to spread awareness for this situation. Spreading awareness is essential to enlighten the community on this issue at hand. Many people in the community are unaware of how serious this issue really is. Posters, flyers, brochures, and other sources of publicity can be a great way to spread awareness. 


For this project the budget will be invested into more facilities of rehabilitation for the addicts. In our small town we don't have enough clinics for the amount of people addicted to numerous drugs. The budget would be anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 dollars. 

The Conversation

5 months ago
We all decided to get involved with the topic of drugs because we all know somebody that has struggled with drugs. Whether it be in our families or one of our closest friends. Cumberland is taking over our loved ones with the ongoing struggle with addiction. A lot of this addiction we are familiar with has steamed form boredom and curiosity. While living in the tristate area many of our family members struggling with addiction have lived in Cumberland working minimum wage jobs. While working minimum wage you often hear small talk about the street drugs and all the numerous kinds there are. We struggle to see our loved ones going through this addiction. That is why we are trying to come up with the best solutions to this ongoing issue.

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