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Maryland's opioid approach isn't working. Here's what could

Maryland's opioid approach isn't working. Here's what could

Clearly, the efforts taken to curb the opioid death rate, however well intended, have not worked. Continuing current policies will bring the same results: more deaths, more disease, more crime and no drop in the opioid death rate. It’s time for a change.

I serve on the Maryland legislature’s Joint Committee on Behavioral Health and Opioid Use Disorders, and we learned that there are a number of other steps that can be taken. Unfortunately, these have been overlooked, underfunded or — worse — misrepresented for political gain.

Here are several strategies, each one proven effective:

Treatments of all types must be immediately and readily available, including faith based,...

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