The Richard Carbaugh Hope Foundation is an organization founded by his mother, Gina
Carbaugh, in January 2014. The inspiration behind the establishment of the foundation is
attributed to Richard, and his dream to help and support those suffering from drug addiction.
His passion spawned from his own personal struggles and experience with addiction; which
made his desire to help others that much stronger.
Drug addiction can not only ruins lives, but take them as well. Across America, in both cities and
suburbs, heroin and related overdoses has become an epidemic. More specifically, Frederick
County has had alarming occurrences of overdose deaths as a result of heroin and opiate
related drugs. In 2013, Frederick County reported a 200% increase in fatal heroin-related
overdoses from the previous year. This trend is devastating to our community on every level-
and we must do everything possible to stop it from continuing.