About 18,900 people in Baltimore City use heroin, according to a report released by a task force assigned to looking at treatment options in the city. The document also includes a plan designed to get that number down.
As heroin (and fentanyl) overdoses increase citywide, statewide and nationwide, first responders are looking for more access to naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose. With demand up, the price has risen. But Congressman Elijah Cummings thinks Maryland is getting a bad deal.
Baltimore is known for its heroin affliction, but limiting thoughts of drugs to the state’s largest city would be missing the point about the current addiction epidemic. Statistics released Tuesday for 2014 indicate that the number of overdose deaths in Maryland rose by 20 percent over the last year. And it’s not just heroin that is claiming lives.
During his time as governor-elect, Larry Hogan said one of his first acts as governor would be to address the heroin epidemic that’s spreading in Maryland (and nationwide) with a State of Emergency. He spent his first acts rolling back Chesapeake Bay pollution regulations and taking gender identity out of a pair of statutes. However, other officials in the Baltimore area have been paying attention to heroin. Here’s a look at three things that are happening that speak to the problem, and they aren’t all in Baltimore City: