Under legislation that’s now being considered in Maryland, the state would be able to set up facilities where people could self-administer drugs, such as heroin, under the supervision of health care professionals.
“We don’t know at this time if it’s because it was a bad batch, if it’s tainted or mixed with other drugs, or just extremely concentrated,” Alexandria Police Capt. Gregg Ladislaw said.
Thousands of Marylanders have died from opioid overdoses in recent years, with a surge in deaths from fentanyl. But our present-day opiate epidemic has a Victorian precursor.
Through the first half of 2018, Maryland recorded 1,185 opioid-related overdose deaths — 15 percent more than the same period last year.
A new research project aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic has kicked off in Southside Virginia, an area hit hard by the drug.
At a news conference Wednesday, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler blamed the opioid epidemic for 31-year-old Christopher Paul’s death and said he stands behind the officers’ actions.
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 governor, who is a pediatric neurologist, said the commission will review the state’s current approach at curbing opioid abuse and offer feedback on ways to improve.
About two dozen people attended a rally in front of the Maryland State House on Tuesday where participants held signs that said: “Don’t Punish Pain,” and “Make Health Care Again.”
The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can help heroin users detect a potentially deadly contaminant in their drugs. Government agencies have begun paying for test strips and providing them to needle-exchange programs.
The state will use its $1.9 million portion of the $22 million grant to assist residents affected by opioid use, addiction and overdose who want to return to the workforce.
The loss of life from drug overdoses, particularly with the opioid crisis, may have contributed to an increase in organ donations, according to recently published medical research.
A new kind of facility called the Maryland House Detox that hopes to fight the opioid crisis will soon be opening its doors in Anne Arundel County.
The in-depth conversation explored ways in which federal policy makers, local law enforcement officials, addiction specialists and other experts can work in tandem to respond to the problem and help stem the tide of devastation.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday its second year of funding through the Opioid State Targeted Response program. Virginia is getting $9.76 million.
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