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Proposal: Heroin abuse in Cumberland Maryland

For many years now, drugs have been a concerning issue. Many people have died simply because they were looking for a "high". There are also so many individuals who struggle to get jobs to better themselves, however are turned down due to their previous backgrounds, which only makes them even more hopeless. They then turn to the one thing that makes them feel better; drugs. 

The Issue

Problem Defined

The problem that I am trying to solve is the number of heroin overdoses in Cumberland Maryland. Over the last few years it had gotten increasingly out of hand and so hard to control. 

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Statistics MORE

In 2017, Governor Hogan of Maryland, was the first in the nation to declare a state of emergency due to heroin, opioid, and other drug crisis'. In the first half of 2019, there were 1,182 unintentional overdose deaths in the state of MD. Although this was an 11.3% decrease in deaths since last year, it is still an issue.

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I am an 18 year old student at Allegany College of Maryland. While attending, I am studying to become a registered nurse, and will later attend a university to receive my bachelor's of scientific nursing. 

Sidney Marrale

The Solution

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More available jobs MORE

If more jobs were available to the public, then I believe than many more people would have the passion and chance to get clean for themselves and their family.

Better community involvementMORE

If the community was more involved, such as having campaigns towards heroin overdose, I believe that more people would interact with ways to better the area and how to fix it.

Expected Results
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Decrease in overdose deaths MORE

The hope is that with getting more people involved and having more available jobs, one day the community will come together and make a change, therefore leading to an overall decrease in not only heroin, but all drug overdoses.


I think that a good idea would be to add 500 million to the NIH budget to aide in healthcare, recovery and treatment, and getting law enforcement involved

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