The number of opioid overdoses is down nearly 25 percent in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, compared to this time last year. Fatal overdoses are down 37 percent.
A new campaign has launched in Virginia to help pregnant mothers who abuse opioids or other drugs. Several groups have partnered to launch an effort to connect women with recovery programs.
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.
Court documents show that the 29-year-old dealt drugs throughout Loudoun County, Virginia. Two people who used fentanyl and heroin that he sold died in March 2016.
“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.
Through the first half of 2018, Maryland recorded 1,185 opioid-related overdose deaths — 15 percent more than the same period last year.
Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler, who addressed reporters Wednesday and released body-worn camera footage of the arrest, said the death of Christopher Paul is a tragic example of the opioid epidemic “which is ravaging our nation and our county.”
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.”
In an exceedingly rare bipartisan move, the Senate is expected to pass legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic on Monday.
Deniro Bellamy’s family is suing Maryland for negligence, saying the drugs found in his system were forced on him. A medical examiner found that the 31-year-old Bellamy died in June of morphine and fentanyl intoxication.
A Virginia county may build another jail to ease overcrowding issues caused by a surging population of inmates amid the opioid crisis.
A substance that led to nearly 30 people at an Ohio prison being treated for drug exposure or suspected exposure was a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, the State Highway Patrol said.
The number of overdose deaths in Maryland continued its deadly climb, reaching an all-time high last year, according to a new report from the Maryland Department of Health.
The mother of a man who overdosed in West Virginia is suing a pain management clinic that federal prosecutors say was run as a pill mill.
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.
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