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 information of households struggling with the fallout of addiction. Dubbed “the Haunted Trap House”, the occasion requires spot from Thursday by means of Saturday in Centreville, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County Drug Cost-free Coalition and directed by leaders from the county Division of Wellness and Division of Emergency Solutions, the Haunted Trap Home will convey the scary realities of heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids to young men and women 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 creating or home exactly where drugs are purchased, sold, and employed by many men and women. Maggie Thomas, the director of Addiction and Prevention Solutions for the Queen Anne’s County Division of Wellness, explained that the Haunted Trap Home comes 30 years immediately after a equivalent occasion, the Haunted Crack Home, 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 single year,” mentioned Thomas. “With this in thoughts, our executive steering group changed the name to, ‘Haunted Trap Home,’ immediately after significantly 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 information of the community’s knowledge 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 known as 911 to say he OD’d. Then, she took the needle out of his arm and place it in hers due to the fact, she told responders, ‘it was some fantastic shit,’ ” he mentioned.

The Haunted Trap Home

As they travel by means of the home, guests are confronted with the stark realities faced by somebody entrapped in addiction, from the initial knowledge with opioids down the path to overdose. Roles are filled by members of the neighborhood neighborhood playing themselves, which includes 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 Home knowledge will serve as a cautionary tale for these who brave its horrors.

“If we can support one particular particular person, just one particular particular person stops working with or does not start out working with due to the fact of this,” Johnson mentioned, “it’s all worth it.”

The Haunted Trap Home will be held at the Kennard African American Cultural Heritage Center in Centreville Thursday, October 24 by means 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. Cost-free childcare solutions for younger young children will be out there. Tickets are out there on the net for $three.