The horrors of opioid addiction are the theme of a haunted home in a Maryland town this week, comprehensive with scenes that depict a frightening overdose and agonizing particulars of households struggling with the fallout of addiction. Dubbed “the Haunted Trap House”, the occasion requires location from Thursday by way of Saturday in Centreville, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County Drug Absolutely free Coalition and directed by leaders from the county Division of Wellness and Division of Emergency Solutions, the Haunted Trap Property will convey the scary realities of heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids to young persons and their households. Final year alone, Queen Anne’s County saw 122 drug overdoses with 16 fatalities.
In drug culture, a trap home is a developing or home exactly where drugs are purchased, sold, and employed by many people. Maggie Thomas, the director of Addiction and Prevention Solutions for the Queen Anne’s County Division of Wellness, explained that the Haunted Trap Property comes 30 years immediately after a related occasion, the Haunted Crack Property, debuted in Centreville in 1989 to expose the dangers of crack cocaine.
“The opioid epidemic is devastating to our neighborhood. We have also lots of lethal and non-lethal overdoses in Queen Anne’s County every year,” stated Thomas. “With this in thoughts, our executive steering group changed the name to, ‘Haunted Trap Property,’ immediately after a lot discussion and with input from the target population—middle and higher college-aged students and young adults.”
Fellow co-director of the occasion Eric Johnson, an emergency management planner with the Queen Anne’s County Division of Emergency Solutions, shared some of the terrifying particulars of the community’s expertise with opioid addiction with the Washington Post.
“In one particular of our most current overdoses, the guy nonetheless had the needle in his arm when the lady with him named 911 to say he OD’d. Then, she took the needle out of his arm and place it in hers simply because, she told responders, ‘it was some superior shit,’ ” he stated.
The Haunted Trap Property
As they travel by way of the home, guests are confronted with the stark realities faced by somebody entrapped in addiction, from the initial expertise with opioids down the path to overdose. Roles are filled by members of the neighborhood neighborhood playing themselves, such as a judge presiding more than a courtroom scene.
Johnson, who has lost 4 loved ones members to the opioid crisis, hopes that the Haunted Trap Property expertise will serve as a cautionary tale for these who brave its horrors.
“If we can aid one particular particular person, just one particular particular person stops utilizing or does not commence utilizing simply because of this,” Johnson stated, “it’s all worth it.”
The Haunted Trap Property will be held at the Kennard African American Cultural Heritage Center in Centreville Thursday, October 24 by way of Saturday, October 26. Meals trucks, reside music, and spooky activities will also be featured. The haunted home is intended for middle college-aged young children and older and their households. Absolutely free childcare solutions for younger young children will be obtainable. Tickets are obtainable on the net for $three.