Maryland is still in the grip of an opioid crisis that has ravaged the nation for years, but a fresh batch of statistics includes encouraging news.
The mayor of Washington, D.C., announced a plan several months ago to cut District opioid overdose deaths by half by 2020, but several key programs are still in development.
Fentanyl — a synthetic opioid both cheap to produce and up to 50 times more powerful than heroin — was the driving force behind Maryland’s all-time high number of drug fatalities last year, rising from 1,119 in 2016 to 1,594 in 2017.
“We are so far from the end of the epidemic, but we are perhaps, at the end of the beginning,” health secretary Alex Azar said at a health care event sponsored by the Milken Institute think tank.
In an exceedingly rare bipartisan move, the Senate is expected to pass legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic on Monday.
As the opioid epidemic rages, a new center in Maryland is joining the ranks of those working to thwart its damage by tackling the first step of treatment and recovery.
Harford County plans to join other Maryland communities to sue drug manufactures and distributors as part of the ongoing battle against the opioid epidemic.
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.
Five people died in the past week of opioid overdoses in Fairfax County — one of the deadliest weeks for drug overdoses in the county’s history.
Recent lab results from three non-fatal overdoses in Loudoun County found the presence of carfentanil. The Loudoun County sheriff has issued a warning to residents about the deadly opioid.
Ground was ceremonially broken for what will become the state’s first stand alone in-patient detox center when it opens this coming spring. See video.
Prince William County will train every officer in the department to use an overdose reversal drug by February as part of an effort to combat the opioid crisis that has gripped the state.
Authorities in southern Maryland have charged six accused drug dealers with murder in connection to six drug overdose deaths in St. Mary’s County.
“People are in the dark,” Leesburg Police Chief Greg Brown said about the opioid epidemic that has killed 80 people in Northern Virginia so far this year. “I talk to people in my neighborhood, ‘Oh, it could never happen to my kid.’ Yes it can.”
The Chair of the Virginia State Board of Corrections says that the state cannot arrest its way out of the opioid epidemic and that it’s time to start treating addiction like any other medical issue.
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