On a winding, country road, just past the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department, a billboard bearing the phrase “Addiction is a disease. Recovery is possible.” gives passersby a glimpse of an ongoing crisis that has plagued Carroll County for years. With a silhouette of a young family looking far off into a body of water, the sign is one of six in the county that provides the most recent count of overdoses and lives lost. The numbers on the sign from January and February represent the second-highest two-month period of overdose deaths the county has seen in five years.
‘It’s really been a tough time’: In Carroll County, a pandemic and an epidemic converge with recent spike in overdoses
March 23, 2021