He placed the cafe on the roof of his car, collapsed in the parking lot and later died. He was 38 years old.
Every year since, his twin sister, Jill Cichowicz, has hosted a fundraiser called ‘A Night for Scott’, and the fourth annual event took place on Saturday at the Salisbury Country Club. Proceeds are donated to a non-profit organization created by Cichowicz, 2 End the Stigma, which benefits local charities focused on recovery.
Fatal drug overdoses have increased in Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the second quarter of 2020, 647 people died from drug overdoses, a 41% increase from a year earlier and the highest figure on record, according to the state’s health ministry. Fentanyl caused or contributed to 72% of fatal overdoses last year.
Baldwin was the last of three speakers at Saturday’s event, following Netflix star Dan Schneider and Camille Schrier, Miss America 2020. Schneider’s son Danny was murdered in 1999 in New Orleans while trying to buy crack. Dissatisfied with the detectives’ efforts, Schneider investigated her son’s death and then helped authorities investigate a pain reliever that prescribed a large number of opioids. His story was told in the 2020 docu-series “The Pharmacist”.
Schrier used her Miss America stature to try and encourage empathy for victims of drug addiction. Before becoming Miss America, she was a pharmacy student at Virginia Commonwealth University. It was there that she discovered Narcan, the drug used to save a person’s life after an overdose. She has learned that the drug is often misunderstood and that those who need it are too often judged.