Annual cocaine overdose deaths on rise in Maryland

Despite some good news from the first quarter of this year, cocaine-related deaths have skyrocketed annually in Maryland since 2015, with nearly half of those occurring in Baltimore. The vast majority of those deaths — 82%, according to the Maryland Department of Health — involved fentanyl, a powerful and dangerous synthetic opioid.

Gene therapy company announces acquisition, expansion

Paragon Bioservices announced an acquisition and partnership with two global drug developers only a few days after opening a new location close to BWI airport that will manufacture drugs that target rare diseases and genetic disorders.

County Execs, Baltimore Mayor join in call for drug affordability board

As a social media campaign was launched on Wednesday, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh joined with the County Executives from Howard, Harford and Anne Arundel Counties in calling on state lawmakers to approve legislation creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board to help bring down the cost of drugs.

Md. launches mobile wellness vehicle to combat addictions

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — To fight back against substance use disorders and the opioid epidemic, Maryland officials unveiled a new mobile wellness vehicle where individuals can seek education, treatment and recovery Tuesday morning. Fifty percent of individuals in need of treatment…

Cummings, Sanders propose bills to reduce drug prices

Maryland 7th Congressional District Representative Elijah Cummings and Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, along with other Capitol Hill legislators, introduce three bills that aim to fight the rising cost of prescription drugs.

Anne Arundel police drug investigation leads to arrests

An eight-month investigation into a drug trafficking organization led to 21 arrests and seizure of more than $800,000 worth of products, Anne Arundel County Police announced at a press conference Tuesday.

Small businesses feel impacts of the opioid epidemic

DUNDALK, Maryland – In a quiet suburb outside Baltimore, down the street from a church and walking distance from a grocery store, one white house is not like the rest. Inside, positive messages cover the walls and sobriety coins hang…

Anne Arundel program tackles drug addiction but challenges remain

Among a growing number in Maryland, Jenna Keefer has struggled with drug addiction. Keefer moved in with her then-boyfriend when she was 18 years old. She said they started experimenting with different prescription pain pills before later turning to heroin.

Harford County opens mobile house to open eyes about addiction

With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, Harford County’s sheriff’s office is raising awareness in a unique way.

Advocates demonstrate on Capitol Hill for additional funding to fight opioid addiction

Dozens of protestors gathered outside House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday. The group demanded additional funding for help treating addiction and the opioid epidemic.

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