Rockville has a population of 61 thousand people across its 13 1/2 square miles, making it the third largest incorporated city in Maryland. The area dates back to 1717 when Arthur Nelson obtained the first land patents there. The first permanent buildings wouldn't come for another 17 years.
Rockville was still a part of Prince George's County at the time until the growth of Daniel Dulaney's Frederick Town brought on the separation of the western part of the county into Frederick County. It was a small town back then and was actually known by a variety of different names, including Owen's Ordinary, Hungerford's Tavern and Daley's Taven.
In 1803 when a name was being decided on it was originally going to be called Wattsville, after the nearby Watts Branch, but the stream was too small and they decided not to name the town after it and instead went with Rockville after Rock Creek.
In 1873, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was built which made Rockville much more accessible from Washington D.C. and the Tennallytown and Rockville Railway brought the first trolley services that connected Georgetown and Tennallytown to Rockville. These newly opened railroad provided a boost in the cities population. The railroads stayed in operation until 1935 when the growing popularity of the automobile halted their service.
Today Rockville has entered a darker period of time with it making the top ten states for illicit drug dependence for people over the age of 12 two years in a row.
Illegal Prescription Drugs Cause a Patient Death in Rockville:
A federal grand jury indicted Silviu Ziscovici, M.D. from Rockville, Maryland on charges of conspiracy to distribute and distribution of prescription drugs resulting in death as well as money laundering. US Attorney Rod. J. Rosenstein spoke up on the matter saying:
“Sadly, many drug users become hooked on oxycodone with the assistance of medical professionals, then move on to even more dangerous drugs such as heroin,”“Local, state and federal authorities in Maryland are working together to identify corrupt medical professionals who operate ‘pill mills,’ put them out of business and hold them accountable.”
Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration also spoke up saying:
“To those who practice medicine and abuse the privilege of caring for their patients by inappropriately prescribing controlled substances, DEA has a strong message for you: We will investigate you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,”
Ziscovici was a physician with a Maryland license working as a pain management specialist out of Rockville. He conspired to distribute prescription drugs to patients without assessing their medical needs first. This included distributing drugs like oxycodone, methadone, morphine, alprazolam and others. These are all very potent and addictive drugs.
Due to these illegal prescriptions, which were also given out in inappropriate quantities and combinations, a death resulted. This means that Ziscovici will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and up to life in prison.
Two Rockville Students Plead Not Guilty in Drug Overdose Case:
A month ago five Wesleyan University students were arrested for their connection to a drug overdose scene that caused 11 students to be sent to a hospital. Two of them are scheduled to appear in Superior Court to face their charges following the incident.
The police said that the overdoses were caused by a bad batch of MDMA, also known as ecstasy, or more recently "Molly". MDMA is a synthetic, psychoactive drug that has similarities to both the stimulant amphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. It gives the user increased energy, a sense of euphoria, emotional warmth and empathy toward others. It also distorts their senses and time perception.
MDMA is usually taken as a capsule or tablet orally, as "Molly" it is in reference to the crystalline powder form sold in capsules. The effects of MDMA last around 3 to 6 hours and most users take a second dose when the effects start to dwindle.
Maryland is no stranger to drug abuse, overdose and even drug induced death. The overdose death rate in Maryland is higher than the national average and in 2009 and 2010, Maryland was in the top ten states for illicit drug dependence. This case is not common for the area however, as MDMA and other similar drugs have been of the lowest use in the state for a long time. The most common drug abuse in Maryland is heroin with a rather alarming rate of use and increase since 1992.
Rockville Drug Treatment Options:
There are 12 rehab centers listed in Rockville, Maryland. Whether you are dealing with heroin addiction or alcohol addiction, whether you are pregnant or not, the risks associated with addiction are far too great to be overlooked. If there is someone in your life that is dealing with addiction, doing whatever it takes to get them into recovery is time well spent.
If you are looking for treatment for yourself, the important thing to remember is that you need to act soon. Being able to admit you need help is a great first step and it is vital that you don't stop there but continue on to actually getting the help you need to come off of drugs or alcohol.
With 12 centers to choose from, you should not have trouble finding the right center that would work for you or the loved one you are working to help.