Opioid-related deaths increase amid COVID-19 pandemic

Drug and alcohol related fatalities in Maryland have increased since the pandemic, and minority communities were hit the hardest, according to a recent report.

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…

Gallery: Mail inspections key in war on drugs

NEW YORK – With a surge in drugs coming through international mail to the United States, Capital News Service recently visited a secure facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport to watch U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and their…

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.

House committee seeks input on opioid crisis in visit to Baltimore

Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform gathered at John’s Hopkins Hospital with Maryland leaders to discuss solutions to the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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.

For a night, community rises above heroin epidemic

While the addiction epidemic has been relentless, it’s also evolved. Heroin and prescription opioids have not been responsible for the surge in fatal and non-fatal overdoses. Fentanyl — a potent synthetic opioid up to 1,000 times stronger than morphine — has ravaged the state, Maryland health statistics show.

Opioid abuse may be rural Maryland’s worst problem

DENTON, Maryland — If there is one hopeful thing about Maryland’s opioid crisis, it’s that no one is denying the obvious. “Very honestly nothing is working,” said Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. “It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen.” For rural…

Hogan announces new measures to address opioid addiction

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford announced Tuesday they are rolling out new legislation that would counter Maryland’s growing opioid addiction crisis. The Prescriber Limits Act would prevent doctors from prescribing more than seven days…

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