Maryland bills aim to restrict kratom

Kratom, a substance that users told lawmakers they take as a pain and addiction treatment, would see more stringent regulation in Maryland under legislation making its way through the General Assembly.

Maryland’s suburbs saw a large influx of prescription opioids

Much of the rest of the nation saw suburban areas hit harder than rural or urban areas. However, Maryland saw fewer pills per person on average than across the nation.

Take a walk through Centreville’s opioid haunted house

CENTREVILLE, Md. — Some people’s biggest monster isn’t a goblin or ghost; it’s the struggle of an opioid addiction. A group of people in Queen Anne’s county wanted to educate the community and invite open discussion about the opioid epidemic, so they created the Haunted Trap House, a haunted house with each room representing a different scene in the life of a drug abuser.

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…

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…

Bill would clarify Maryland law to try to save lives

As overdose deaths in the state rise, Md. lawmakers want to make clear that calling for help won’t incriminate anyone involved in a medical emergency.

Bill gives parents ‘new tool’ to fight child’s addiction

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — One more day without treatment for a person struggling with opioids — as one Maryland delegate, a recovery expert and parents of children mired in addiction have said — could be the difference between life and death.…

Montgomery County latest jurisdiction to sue opioid manufacturers

Montgomery County joins Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties in filing lawsuits against the makers of prescription opioids. The County announced Wednesday it was suing 14 manufacturers and distributors. County Executive Ike Leggett says the makers of the drugs must be held accountable for excessive production and over-prescribing.

People, machines and dogs hunt for drugs in the mail

NEW YORK – “It was all sealed like a bottle of lotion.” The U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer explained that he had just cut open a package apparently shipped from Hong Kong. Inside was what looked like a glass…

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