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More than 97 percent of those interviewed by the Frederick County Health Department believe there is a need in the community for a syringe service program, a public health strategy that seeks to reduce some of the negative health consequences of drug injection by providing clean needles.

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WASHINGTON — In ringing and personal terms, President Donald Trump on Thursday pledged that “we will overcome addiction in America,” declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to combat what he described as the worst drug crisis in U.S. history.

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The day her son died, Diane Elliot saw a drug dealer pull into the parking lot outside her Emmitsburg apartment.

She ordered the man to leave, but he wouldn't listen.

"I actually screamed at him and said, ‘Get out of here if you are going to sell my son heroin,’” she said.

“Twenty dollars is what that man made that night to kill my son.”