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Recreational Substance Use
Hogan wades into Maryland's long battle against heroin

With the creation of two panels devoted to combating heroin use, Gov. Larry Hogan has waded into a worsening crisis — one that has defied solutions for decades. It once looked as if Maryland had brought some measure of control to its long-standing battle against the drug, driving down fatal overdose rates for years. In Baltimore, for example, overdose deaths plunged from more than 300 in 1999 to around 100 in 2010. Then came a collective relapse. Statewide deaths have climbed each year since 2010 and could top 500 when statistics for 2014 are finalized. The problem has also appeared to take on troubling new dimensions, with growing numbers of addicts in suburban and rural areas. ...