Tag: addiction

City sets standards for scoring hospitals on how well they can treat opioid addiction

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Hydrocodone pills. Photo via Flickr, CC by 2.0

Baltimore now has a scoring system in place for highlighting the hospitals best equipped to serve people addicted to pain medication.

Baltimore City Sues Opioid Makers, Distributors and 2 Towson-Based Doctors Over Epidemic

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Hydrocodone pills. Photo via Flickr, CC by 2.0

The City of Baltimore plans to file its own lawsuit today against the makers of Oxycontin and other addictive pain pills in an attempt to hold them accountable for the deadly and worsening opioid epidemic.

Health Commissioner Wen Presses Need to Treat Baltimore’s Opioid-Addicted Inmates Now

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The visitor’s entrance to the Baltimore City Detention Center. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen says Gov. Larry Hogan’s planned study about whether to turn the shuttered Baltimore Men’s Detention Center into a drug treatment facility is unnecessary, as plenty inmates are already suffering from opioid dependence.

State to Fund Study About Turning Shuttered Men’s Jail into a Drug Treatment Center

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Baltimore City Men’s Jail (via Creative Commons)

The Baltimore City Men’s Detention Center has been closed for three years now, but through an idea fielded by the governor’s office, a portion of the building could become a drug treatment facility.

Are You Currently Being Treated With Buprenorphine and Would Like to be Opioid Free?

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Are you currently being treated with Buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Subutex® or Bunavail®) and would like to be opioid free?  If the answers is yes, you may qualify to take part in a clinical research study.

Hogan Administration Announces $10M to Fight Opioid Crisis, Plus Money for a 24-Hour Crisis Center in Baltimore

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Several months out since Gov. Larry Hogan called a state of emergency and announced $50 million coming over the next five years to fight Maryland’s worsening opioid crisis, the money is starting to flow.

Maryland Joins Other States in Probing Big Pharma’s Marketing and Sales of Deadly Opioids

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Attorneys general around the country are now exploring whether the pharmaceutical industry is at fault for marketing and selling opioids that have spawned a deadly epidemic. Today, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said Maryland is in on the fight, too.

Maryland Sees Record Jump in Overdose Deaths in 2016

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Graph via Department of Mental Health and Hygiene

The numbers are in. Maryland’s opioid epidemic is worsening at a faster rate than ever.

Fatal Overdose from Elephant Tranquilizer Carfentanil Reported in Harford County

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Photo via Harford County Sheriff’s Office

The absurdly deadly opioid carfentanil appears to be making the rounds in the Baltimore area.

Opioid Intended to Sedate Elephants Kills Three Marylanders, Two from Anne Arundel County

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Maryland’s opioid problem has entered scary new territory following the recent overdose deaths of three residents, two of them in Anne Arundel County, who consumed an elephant tranquilizer.

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