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Dealing with Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse is a harmful pattern of use of any substance for mood altering purposes which leads to frequent and serious problems. These problems can affect performance at school, work or home. Many times, relationships begin to suffer. Individual abusing substances often have trouble with the law.

Substance abuse is not simply drug abuse. It also includes the use in inhalants, solvents, alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes. Almost any substance can be abused.


Symptoms of Substance Abuse

If you are concerned that someone you love may have a problem with substance abuse, there are several symptoms that you can look for.

  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or threats
  • Decline in grade or work performance
  • Forgetfulness
  • Increased risk taking

If you are concerned that you may have a problem with substance abuse, there are also symptoms that you can look for in yourself. Begin with the list above.

  • Getting drunk and/or high on a regular basis
  • Spending less time with others in order to get drunk or high
  • Planning substance use in advance
  • Drinking alone
  • Needing more and more substances to get drunk or high
  • Blackouts – forgetting what happened while drunk or high


Overdose Prevention Workgroup

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has always been concerned with the safety of our citizens in Carroll County.  Opiate overdoses in the county have been a growing concern in our community.  Through the years the local police have worked with the community in an effort to address the use of narcotics in Carroll County.   In January of 2013 a workgroup came together to discuss current initiatives, data and need areas to provide a plan for the county.  This group included the following:

  • Clinical: Includes healthcare professionals
  • Treatment: Includes mental health and substance use providers as well as drug court and criminal justice representatives
  • Education and Advocacy: Includes representatives from prevention education, consumer coalitions and interested community supporters
  • Pharmacy: Represent the need of local pharmacists and initiatives in the area
  • Law Enforcement: Includes representatives from law enforcement across the county
  • Members of this workgroup are: Access Carroll, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Carroll County Youth Services Bureau, Carroll Hospital Center – Emergency Department, Behavioral Health Services Administration. Department of Juvenile Services, Emergency Medical Services, Family Pharmacy, Hampstead Police Department, Maddie’s House, Partnership for Healthier Carroll County, Weber Sober Homes and the Westminster Police Department.

For more information:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) , or

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

U.S. Department of Education (ED)

National Guard (they provide drug education to communities in all 50 states)


For Rehab centers and additional help:

Maryland Inpatient Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers



Carroll County Sheriff's Office • 100 North Court Street • Westminster, Maryland 21157
410.386.2900 or 1.888.302.8924

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The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is committed to recruiting initiatives that reflect a fair and impartial representation of minority groups and females among its employees and applicants in approximate proportion to the minority composition of the Carroll County community.