Maryland and Virginia lawmakers are offering proposals to expand access to drug treatment programs, but there has been an institutional reluctance to fund the kind of treatment that one former drug czar says is most effective. In the final story in her series “Hooked on Heroin,” WTOP’s Jamie Forzato looks ahead to this year’s legislative session and discusses what lawmakers are preparing to do.
When Ginny Lovitt found her brother had overdosed in 2013, there was nothing she could do “but call 911 and wait” while he died. Since then, she has made it her personal mission to teach anyone who will listen about a life-saving drug that can bring someone back from the brink of death. In the fourth story of her Hooked on Heroin series, WTOP’s Jamie Forzato examines naloxone, the efforts to put it in more hands and the obstacles that remain.
Don Wood and his wife helped their son Donnie go through two rounds of rehab. They let him move in with them; they kicked him out. They supported him financially; they gave him ultimatums. But when Donnie was 32, Don found his lifeless body on the bed. In the third story of her Hooked on Heroin series, WTOP’s Jamie Forzato explains how kids get addicted, how early the problem can start and what’s being done to combat the problem.
“Why pay $40 for an OxyContin pill when I can buy a $10 bag of heroin?” In the second part of her Hooked on Heroin series, WTOP’s Jamie Forzato explores the path from the over-prescription of opioid painkillers to heroin addiction, and what’s being done to change it.
In the first story in WTOP’s Hooked on Heroin series, Jamie Forzato explains why deaths from overdoses of heroin and other opioids are on a sharp rise in the D.C. area and nationwide, and illustrates the human toll.
Lori Falcone’s life changed in an instant when she was injured in a crash. In this seventh installment of WTOP’s Marine Corps Marathon series, she shares the struggles of recovery and why she decided to run a marathon to raise money for military service members.
First-time marathoner Anna Bevill, 35, lost her brother in 2004 when he was killed by a sniper in Iraq. He was just 20 years old. In this sixth installment of WTOP’s Marine Corps Marathon series, she shares how a running community supports her in honoring her brother’s life.
Ron Allison suffered from depression and emotional eating until he tipped the scale at 321 pounds. In this fourth installation of WTOP’s Marine Corps Marathon series, he shares how he dropped half his body weight and became a marathon runner.
As a boy, Army 1st Lt. Jeff Kaylor dreamed of running the Marine Corps and Boston Marathons. But before he could complete his goal, he was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In the third installment of WTOP’s Marine Corps Marathon series, his mother vows to fulfill the dream “on the wings of Jeff.”
The University of Maryland Police Department is investigating an extortion case that involves nude photos of a college student.
Under the bill up for a vote Tuesday, drivers who are caught using a handheld device or texting behind the wheel three times in 18 months would lose their license for 30 to 90 days and be fined $200. It would be the toughest such law in the country, but there are problems.
Reston native Jim Anderson runs in memory of his South Lakes High School cross country teammate who was killed on 9/11. In the second installment of WTOP’s Marine Corps Marathon series, Anderson shares how he remembers his childhood friend, who never got a chance to say goodbye.
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton criticized the National Park Service’s plan for an extended closure of the Washington Monument, saying that “there is no good cause” for the immediate shutdown.
The suspect fled the scene and is considered violent and dangerous. Police say he stabbed the two children during a family dispute.
Emergency crews in Ellicott City, Maryland, continued the cleanup Monday from a devastating flash flood this weekend. More than 180 cars had been towed from downtown Ellicot City by Monday morning, according to officials.
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