| Dec 7, 2012
| 6:34 PM
As efforts to crack down on the abuse of prescription drugs have worked, a new problem has emerged, with addicts who can no longer get their fix by popping pills turning to the old-fashioned street drug heroin, health and law enforcement officials say....
| Dec 7, 2012
| 10:36 AM
Health officials still aren't certain what is causing the alarming uptick in heroin overdoses that has occurred across Maryland recently. But it would be especially disturbing if the trend turns out to be an unintended consequence of state efforts to...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 3:57 PM
Dorsey Nicola was shaking the dice and staring down the green felt, where chips were stacked like miniature skyscrapers and multiplying. The craps table was hot last week as a half-dozen students lined the perimeter and Nicola kept throwing sixes.
| Nov 3, 2010
| 1:25 PM
The mother of R&B singer Mario today dropped the assault charges she filed against her son in October, admitting she was intoxicated at the time.
Shawntia Hardaway, who accused the Baltimore-born performer on October 1 of assaulting her and trashing...
| Mar 9, 2010
| 4:22 PM
It's a nice enough day to talk about outdoor dining, even if the "living mojito bar" at Corks hasn't quite come to life.Corks is building a deck out back that will seat about 35. When it opens in the middle......
| Dec 15, 2009
| 4:22 PM
My colleague Rob Kasper is like the drug pusher on the school playground.One afternoon we were standing around talking about Important Work Matters, and he offered me some of his Smartfood White Cheddar-Flavored Popcorn, which he had gotten from the......
| Nov 6, 2010
| 10:46 PM
Kevin Brown knew he was hooked on crack cocaine. That was obvious each time he set off on another smoking binge. But Brown says he never imagined that he also suffered from a mental illness until he walked into Baltimore Behavioral Health Inc.
A day or...
| Nov 22, 2010
| 7:16 PM
Baltimore Behavioral Health Inc. is under investigation by the state's health inspector general for employing a psychiatrist who had been convicted several years earlier of Medicaid fraud.
The doctor, Roman Ostrovsky, 53, is one of eight physicians...
| May 4, 2011
| 3:46 PM
As the judge in charge of the Baltimore City District Court Drug Court for the past 17 years, and the current chairperson of the state's Judicial Conference Commission on Problem Solving Courts, I am disturbed by recent articles in this paper and...
| Apr 14, 2011
| 5:30 AM
Not all addictions live up to their advance press.
In the past decade, it's become common to casually and humorously describe a favorite activity in the parlance of chemical dependency. People speak of being "addicted" to chocolate or high-fat foods,...
| May 12, 2011
| 5:51 PM
One of Baltimore's largest providers of drug treatment services is in default on loans of up to $2.5 million, its bank says, raising questions about the financial well-being of a clinic that treats hundreds of addicts in the city.
Bank of America is...
| Nov 7, 2010
| 3:59 PM
Second of two parts; read the first part
For much of his adult life he'd been a slave to cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills and alcohol. Twice he had gone through weeks of intensive psychiatric and drug treatment at Baltimore Behavioral Health Inc.,...