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Deaths from fentanyl-laced heroin surge

Amid a statewide surge in overdoses, Baltimore health officials announced a campaign Monday to tell heroin users that the drug they buy on the street could contain the much more potent painkiller fentanyl.

The synthetic opiod, which federal officials say is 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin, is blamed in the deaths of hundreds of drug users nationwide since 2013. Health, law enforcement and...

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MAC sells Harbor East fitness center

The Maryland Athletic Club said Friday that it has sold its downtown Baltimore location to a Denver company that specializes in running upscale fitness centers.

The deal with Wellbridge, which operates 19 fitness and tennis facilities throughout the country, was completed July 1.

Wellbridge bought the Bel Air Athletic Club in 2000 and had been looking for other expansion opportunities in the area.

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You won't get a job at Anne Arundel Medical Center if you smoke

As of today, anybody who works at Anne Arundel Medical Center must prove they don't smoke or use other forms of nicotine.

The hospital announced last year it planned to ban tobacco use in all parts of the campus and not hire people who use e-cigarettes, cigars and other products as a way to improve the health of its workers and set an example for the community.

Under the policy, job applicants are...

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One president named for two MedStar hospitals

Bradley S. Chambers became the new president of both MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial hospitals on Wednesday.

Chambers had been president of Union Memorial and assumed the dual role when Jeffrey A. Matton left his leadership position at Good Samaritan and moved into a senior systemwide leadership position overseeing a performance initiative.

Officials said the move will help with...

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Hospitals receive funding from drug and device makers

Maryland's hospitals and doctors took in more than $7.6 million in payments for research, speeches and other work from drug and device manufacturers in 2014, according to federal authorities who have been releasing payment data periodically.

The money is a share of about $6.5 billion in funds paid to U.S. hospitals from 1,444 companies, data supplied by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

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Creation of medical cannabis industry heads into final stage

The long-awaited rules governing the sale of medical marijuana in Maryland have entered the home stretch with their official printing Friday in the Maryland Register, a move that could make the drug available to patients sometime next year.

Supporters of marijuana as a palliative medication have fought for years for legalization, and fixes to a state law initially passed in 2013 approved overwhelmingly...

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