A support group for family members of those suffering with substance addiction is expanding.

The Save Our Children weekly support group has been meeting on Tuesday nights at the Crossroads Center in Frederick since 2014, but has expanded to four other Maryland cities and towns.

The group will hold its first meeting in New Market on Wednesday.

The group aims to offer strength, education, healing and support for families and friends touched by addiction. It is closely affiliated with Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates.

Carin Miller, one of the founders, said Save Our Children provides “no shame” support to families as Maryland continues to battle heroin and opioid overdose deaths.

“Families are often forgotten about. Families are being torn apart, being devastated,” Miller said. "We want to help these families and let them know there's no sense in being ashamed."

Miller said about 50 people attend Save Our Children meetings each week, and the group always welcomes more.

“We'd really like to have community members reach out and say where new support groups are needed,” Miller said.

In 2015, the Frederick Police Department and the Frederick County Sheriff's Office responded to 19 fatal heroin-related overdoses. They have responded to at least five so far this year.

Save Our Children hosts the following meetings:

  • Frederick: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Crossroads treatment center, 511 W. South St.
  • New Market: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at New Market United Methodist Church, 5501 Old New Market Road
  • Boonsboro: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 64 S. Main St.
  • Hancock: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Community Life Center, 126 W. High St.
  • Westminster: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Westminster Branch Library, 50 E. Main St.

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Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

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