Local organization combats drug addiction

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BALTIMORE COUNTY—It can be disheartening to hear how many people suffer from and succumb to drug abuse. However, a local organization offers a way for people to be the solution to this big problem.

The Daniel Torsch Foundation was founded after Carl and Toni Torsch’s son, Daniel, passed away from an accidental drug overdose in 2010. They were absolutely heartbroken.

“The final good-by from a parent to a child is an unnatural act, and one that may have been prevented if we had the resources, education, treatment, and prevention tools,” the Torsch’s wrote on their website.

The Torsch’s tried many different ways to cope with loosing their son and eventually found an organization called GRASP, which help them with their grieving process the most.

“We decided to start a local chapter of GRASP. In May, 2011, we had our first meeting and it was attended by over 30 people. We currently meet once a month, and some of the original group still attend,” the Torsch’s said.

“While we may never have some of those questions answered, we have found love, strength and support among these very special people, who are now our GRASP family.”

Despite the support they received from GRASP, the Torsch’s wanted to do more with the advocacy side of substance abuse treatment and prevention. So, they founded the Daniel Carl Torsch (DCT) Foundation.

”We are dedicated to offering charitable aid for entrance into in-patient treatment for low-income adults, as well as our overdose prevention and response program. As a community we face a challenge, in that the issues surrounding addiction are shrouded in misunderstanding, silence and shame. To everyone who assists and encourages our outreach efforts in awareness, prevention and treatment, we hold you deeply in our hearts.”

The DCT Foundation is offering a way for people to help mitigate the problem of drug abuse by having a fundraiser event on October 25th from 7p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Columbus Gardens, 4301 Klosterman Ave, Nottingham MD.

People interested in purchasing tickets can contact Julie at 443-804-6330 or Alexis at 301-529-2524. Tickets are 50 dollars per person. Dinner will be provided and there will be an open bar, music, and an auction to include vacation packages, electronics, restaurants, jewelry, Ravens game tickets, hotel stays, event tickets, and more.

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