The Department of Justice is awarding nearly $320 million to help fund the fight against the opioid crisis across the U.S., with grant recipients in Maryland and Virginia receiving support in their programs.
The blue lights are meant to discourage people from using drugs in store bathrooms by making it more difficult for them to see their veins. It’s an idea that’s been around for years but is getting a fresh look as a result of the nation’s opioid epidemic.
About 200 officers have been trained to administer a lifesaving overdose drug. Montgomery County has seen a 145 percent increase in opioid overdoses in the last four years.
Fairfax County police are warning veterinarians to be on the lookout for cases of vet shopping — a practice in which people use their pets to feed their own addictions.
The opioid crisis is taking a heavy toll in Maryland, where the latest numbers show a “dramatic” increase in the number of overdose deaths.
Women aged 40–59 also have highest death rate from opioids among women, according to the report, which calls surgery a “gateway” to persistent use.
After several fatal overdoses were reported in Maryland this month, police around the state are spreading the word and trying to locate the dealers responsible for selling carfentanil, a drug so powerful it can take down an elephant.
The opioid epidemic is causing more babies to be exposed to drug abuse while they are still in the womb, and a change in federal rules will likely spark an increase in the numbers, a Virginia family services official says.
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.
Marijuana and opioids will come up in Virginia’s breakneck General Assembly session, which begins Jan. 11.
Residents could drop off their prescriptions at Alexandria’s police headquarters, one of 4,700 drop off sites for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Hundreds of advocates and supporters gathered on the National Mall to demand the federal government do more to end widespread addiction to opioids and the overdose deaths related to prescription and illegal opioids.
The public is speaking out on new guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cut the use of prescription opioid painkillers.
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