The horrors of opioid addiction are the theme of a haunted house in a Maryland town this week, complete with scenes that depict a frightening overdose and agonizing details of families struggling with the fallout of addiction. Dubbed “the Haunted Trap House”, the event takes place from Thursday through Saturday in Centreville, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County Drug Free Coalition and directed by leaders from the county Department of Health and Department of Emergency Services, the Haunted Trap House will convey the scary realities of heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids to young people and their families. Last year alone, Queen Anne’s County saw 122 drug overdoses with 16 fatalities.
In drug culture, a trap house is a building or house where drugs are bought, sold, and used by multiple individuals. Maggie Thomas, the director of Addiction and Prevention Services for the Queen Anne’s County Department of Health, explained that the Haunted Trap House comes 30 years after a similar event, the Haunted Crack House, debuted in Centreville in 1989 to expose the dangers of crack cocaine.
“The opioid epidemic is devastating to our community. We have too many lethal and non-lethal overdoses in Queen Anne’s