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While State and Local Leaders Discuss Opioid Epidemic, the Problem Continues to Grow in Germantown

The nationwide problem of drug addiction continues to grow.

No neighborhood or area is immune, and Germantown has seen an increase in opioid-related problems, even as state and local elected leaders continue to discuss ways to combat the growing problem.

In the Germantown area calls for overdoses have increased since the first of the year, according to Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service run data obtained from DataMontgomery.com. While the data does not show if these overdose calls were related to specifically to opioids or patients making mistakes in dosage, the trend is alarming as two Germantown fire stations have already responded to more overdose calls in the first six months of 2017 than in the first six months of 2016.

According to DataMontgomery.com, in all of 2016 MCFRS responded to 1,098 overdose calls countywide. In the just the six months of 2017, MCFRS has already responded to 682 calls for overdoses countywide.

At the local level, Germantown Pulse looked at calls from Kingsview Fire Station 22, Germantown Volunteer Fire Station 29, Milestone Fire Station 34, and Clarksburg Fire Station 35. Those four fire stations responded to 133 overdose calls in 2015 and 134 overdose calls in 2016.

During the first six months of 2017, MCFRS in the Germantown area has responded to 77 overdose calls. That is one overdose call every 2.3 days in 2017 if that pace continues the Germantown area could have 154 overdose calls for the year just in Germantown.

In 2016 Fire Station 22 responded to 47 calls for an overdose. In the first six months of 2017, Station 22 has handled 14 calls.

In 2016 Fire Station 29 responded to 47 calls for an overdose. In the first six months of 2017, Station 29 has already handled 37 overdose calls. There were nine overdose calls for Station 29 in Ju