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  • Northern Va. heroin task force to focus on treatment

    LEESBURG, Va. — A new task force to fight the growing heroin epidemic in Northern Virginia will investigate ways to prevent and treat addiction. The regional initiative called the Heroin Operations Team pools from federal,…

  • Dealing death: The heroin epidemic

    Heroin is killing more people nationwide than ever before. It’s cheaper and more potent. The customers are younger. Fatal overdoses have nearly tripled since 2010. WTOP’s Jamie Forzato takes an in-depth look at the problem from families affected to what’s being done locally.

  • Cheaper, stronger heroin prompting public health emergency in Maryland county

    WASHINGTON – More people in Montgomery County die of heroin overdoses than homicides. Anne Arundel’s county executive is declaring it a public health emergency and now the state numbers are in: heroin deaths are increasing across…

  • Anne Arundel County to declare heroin health emergency

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Anne Arundel County’s executive says he’s going to declare a public health emergency as soon as next week in response to the “heroin epidemic” in the region, citing a growing number…

  • Mont. Co. officers trained to administer Narcan

    GAITHERSBURG, Md. — People are dying from heroin overdoses in leafy, suburban neighborhoods, in the countryside and in the city. Heroin-related deaths have increased sharply throughout the region and across the country. In just two…

  • Va. attorney general backs bills aimed at reducing heroin deaths

    WASHINGTON — With hundreds of Virginians dying from heroin or prescription drug overdoses each year, including many in Northern Virginia, the General Assembly is taking up new plans to combat the problem and save lives.…

  • Virginia bills aim to curb heroin overdose deaths

    WASHINGTON — Several bills aimed at reducing heroin deaths have been introduced in Virginia’s General Assembly, including one that would hold drug dealers accountable if their drug kills someone. “The number of fatalities due to heroin…

  • Heroin deaths on the rise in Maryland

    WASHINGTON — Two top prosecutors are speaking out in hopes of curbing the alarming rise of heroin deaths in Maryland. “We’ve seen a doubling of heroin deaths just in three years,” says Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney…

  • Md., NY men plead guilty in bulk heroin operation

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Two men have pleaded guilty in connection with a drug operation that brought heroin in bulk from New York to Maryland. Prosecutors say Jeffrey Anderson of Upper Marlboro, Maryland and Reginald Jones…

  • ‘It’s everybody’ — 2 families struggle with addiction

    “Everybody and anybody” is the new face of heroin, and when that face is your child, confronting the realities of drug abuse is much scarier. Two moms share their stories.

  • Virginia man gets 14 years for heroin trafficking

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The leader of a heroin trafficking operation in Portsmouth has been sentenced to 14 years and two months in federal prison. Prosecutors say 39-year-old Shawn Butler of Portsmouth was sentenced Monday…

  • Va. attorney general to tackle heroin problem

    Significantly more people are dying from heroin overdoses across the Washington D.C. area than were a few years ago — and it\’s spurring new action in Virginia.

  • Maryland police officers training to carry lifesaving nasal spray

    As heroin use continues to claim lives in Maryland, police officers are being trained to respond with a prescription previously only carried by paramedics.

  • Virginia women held on drug, stun gun charges

    Two Virginia women have been arrested on charges of having hundreds of packets of suspected heroin and a stun gun in their car in Rhode Island.

  • Va. man gets 7 years for hiding heroin death

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Vienna man who admitted hiding a friend’s body in the woods after a heroin overdose rather than seeking help for her has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison.…