Calling the rising numbers of heroin- and opioid fatalities a public health crisis, federal officials are giving 271 clinics a total of $94 million to provide addicts with medication-assisted treatment. Of that, nearly $1.8 million is going to five clinics in Maryland.
In Baltimore, where heroin has a long entrenched history, the drug has created a thriving sub-economy, providing funds for dealers who buy mansions in the suburbs, or simply help family members with rent and grocery money.
The bust of the mid-level dealer in the 4900 block of Greenspring Ave. was a testament to the power of community cooperation with police, they said. It was also in line with a broader shift in the department's drug strategy in the wake of the city's most violent year on record, wherein the department is redirecting its "limited resources" away from low-level, low-yield street arrests and toward drug operations with a nexus to violence and a reputation for inducing fear.
Saying there likely would never be enough money to fix Maryland's rising heroin overdose problem, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford said Tuesday that a state task force studying the issue is recommending an expansion of treatment and prevention efforts that can at least begin to address the problem.
Congresswoman Donna Edwards, D-Prince George's, held a roundtable discussion in Severna Park Friday to discuss heroin and her bill to make a grant program for distributing naloxone, a medicine that can reserve a heroin overdose, more widely available.
To stem the growing heroin addiction rates and overdose deaths, a panel convened by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to unveil on Monday a $20 million proposal that includes around-the-clock treatment options.
Baltimore officials are alarmed at nearly a fourfold jump so far this year in the cost of a drug used to save the lives of people who have overdosed on heroin, bringing a call for state and federal action.
Baltimore health officials, alarmed by the biggest surge in overdose deaths the city has seen in years, announced a campaign Monday to tell heroin users that the drug they buy on the street could contain the much more potent painkiller fentanyl.
Motorists in the Benson and Edgewood areas of Harford County drive by two new billboards that are advertising a foreboding message. The billboards show a young boy with a backpack, alongside a syringe and other drug paraphernalia. A bright-red warning reads, "Talk to your kids before heroin does," while smaller text says: "Harford County kids are trying drugs at age 11."
The Hogan administration said Tuesday that it is granting $500,000 to programs in county jails to treat inmates with a non-narcotic, nonaddictive medicine that it hopes will help wean them off heroin and related drugs.
Heroin continued to take a rising toll in Maryland, where 578 people died from overdoses of the drug in 2014, more than double the number in 2010, according to a new report by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Gov. Larry Hogan committed Thursday to spending $2 million on fighting heroin addiction, the first time he has agreed to spend any of a controversial $200 million pot of cash that has stirred discord in Annapolis.
Maryland's new heroin task force met Wednesday in Baltimore, seeking input on how to address an addiction and overdose crisis that has spread throughout the state. But for many participants, the problem is not a new one.
A fisherman using pain medication for a sore back. High school students smoking pot. An alcoholic and a cocaine user experimenting with a new drug — these are some of the people in Cecil and surrounding counties who eventually found their way to 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. Statewide deaths have climbed each year since 2010 and could top 500 when figures for 2014 are finalized. The problem also appears to have taken on troubling new dimensions, with growing numbers of addicts in suburban and rural areas.
Gov. Larry Hogan unveiled what he called a holistic strategy to deal with Maryland's growing heroin problems Tuesday, but stopped short of declaring the "state of emergency" he vowed to institute after last year's election.
Calling heroin a crisis that crosses state boundaries, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said Thursday that his office will join counterparts in the Northeast to share information and jointly prosecute drug traffickers.
Faced with the realities of an estimated 5 percent of Maryland high school freshmen having tried heroin and police in Harford County having investigated 17 overdoses on the drug in six weeks, public school officials in the county say they're working to keep on top of, and curb, drug abuse trends.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced a new initiative Monday that would offer rehab services and drug education to these patients – many who will wind up in the hospital again. Doctors could also prescribe patients with the drug naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to announce a new task force Wednesday that will spend the next nine months studying heroin and substance abuse in Baltimore and developing ideas for the city to better coordinate treatment options.
Maryland health officials, desperate to stem an 88 percent rise in heroin overdose deaths in recent years, have launched an initiative to put naloxone into the hands of addicts, their families, police and other nonmedical personnel.
No longer are prescription pills the drug of choice in Harford County. It's heroin, and it's dangerous, Harford's top drug enforcement officers say. And after 18 months to two years of increasing heroin overdoses and deaths, those officers say the numbers are starting to level out and hopefully will be on the decline
I took a deep dive last week into Baltimore's drug scene. And when I finally came up for air, I had a newfound clarity on the city¿s troubled TV image and the line between responsible documentary filmmaking and exploitative reality television.
Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings and another U.S. lawmaker sent a letter to the drug company that produces an antidote to heroin overdose that has been jumping in price as more police and health departments use it.