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Md. opioid emergency requires unconventional approach

Md. opioid emergency requires unconventional approach

The final figures are still coming in, but it is anticipated that the number of fatal drug-related overdoses in Maryland for 2016 may top 2,000 for the first time in state history. This is likely what led Gov. Larry Hogan to declare a "State of Emergency" around the opioid crisis in Maryland and propose to spend $50 million over five years to "to beef up enforcement, prevention and treatment services." These funds are critical, and we commend the governor for taking action.

However, as we truly are in a state of emergency, we must acknowledge that traditional courses of action, even if intensified, are not enough to address the current crisis. That's why it was...