Opioids

Md. Medical society asks hospitals to review opioid doses

The Maryland State Medical Society is taking action amidst the nation’s opioid crisis and urging hospitals and physicians in the state to decrease the automated controlled-substance standing orders and to prescribe a minimum amount of opioids necessary.

Maryland congressman joins national fight against opioid epidemic

Rep. John Delaney, D-Potomac, announced Tuesday that he is co-sponsoring legislation to make it easier for the Drug Enforcement Administration to combat the opioid epidemic.

Inside Maryland’s opioid crisis

Abuse of heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids has claimed thousands of lives in Maryland over the last decade.

Kayla’s story: Recovering mom enjoying time with children

ARNOLD, Maryland—Kayla has struggled for years with an addiction to prescription opioids and illegal drugs, but now she’s taking steps toward recovery to rebuild her relationship with her children.

A step in the right direction, after 33 years

GLEN BURNIE, Maryland—”Junior” has battled addiction for decades, costing him his friends, family and even his teeth.

From prescription painkillers ‘straight to heroin’

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland—Randy Forgette has struggled with addiction for many years, and said he finds relief from drugs while incarcerated.

The missing half: Twins both have heroin addiction, but just one survives

PASADENA, Maryland—Denise Williams’s twin sons, Matt and Ryan, were both addicted to heroin, and the drug took one of their lives. The other twin lives each day with the agony of survival.

Fostering new hope: Family adopts three boys all born to addicted mothers

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland—The opioid epidemic touches countless lives, including many who are born into addiction. They are often placed into the foster care system. The Rentfrow family has three adopted sons, all of whom were affected by heroin abuse.

Road to recovery: Jail provides methadone to inmates with addiction

GLEN BURNIE, Maryland—Not many jails have methadone clinics inside their walls, but through the Road to Recovery program at Ordnance Road Correctional Center, inmates with opioid addictions can receive treatment while incarcerated.

Like mother, like son: Parent, child both addicted to heroin

GLEN BURNIE, Maryland—The opioid epidemic has affected people throughout Anne Arundel County. For this family, both mother and son are suffering with heroin addiction.