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Hogan appoints recently ousted AACo. executive Steve Schuh to top post fighting opioid epidemic

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Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh. Photo via Anne Arundel County.

A little over a month after losing his re-election bid for Anne Arundel County executive, Republican Steve Schuh has been appointed as head of the Hogan administration’s Opioid Operational Command Center.

Towson pharmacist sentenced to 40 months for trading pain pills for sex

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A former Baltimore County pharmacist will be spending at least a couple years in prison after admitting to filling out forged prescriptions for oxycodone in exchange for sexual favors.

These medical marijuana patients are petitioning Maryland to allow cannabis as a treatment for opioid addiction

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Vape pens containing cannabis oil. Photo via Weed Porn Daily/Flickr.

Sixteen months ago, Iggy Stefanski began a grueling journey to kick his addiction to opioids. Suffering from Crohn’s disease, sciatica and other health issues that give him chronic pain, Stefanski’s physician wrote him a prescription for oxycodone. But, as with many users, the painkiller’s efficacy quickly wore off. He told the doctor, but little changed.

City of Baltimore Opens a New Front in the Battle Against Opioid Abuse

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Opioid AbuseSponsored Content: The City of Baltimore has filed suit against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and one doctor’s office for their part in the opioid epidemic that has ravaged the city.  The suit, which is being spearheaded by the City’s Solicitor Andre Davis, is one of several which have been filed recently in an attempt to apportion the massive costs being incurred by cities and states in their fight against the epidemic.

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

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

Bolton Hill church to host Dr. Wen for talk on naloxone and the opioid epidemic after Sunday sermon

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Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A historic Bolton Hill church is bringing in the city’s top public health official this Sunday for a post-sermon chat and tutorial for administering the life-saving drug naloxone.

Poll: Half of Marylanders say they know someone who has been addicted to opioids

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In a staggering look at the opioid crisis gripping the state, a little more than half of Marylanders say they personally know someone who has been addicted to opioids, according to a new poll.

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.

Fentanyl’s Role in Deadly Opioid Epidemic Continues to Grow, Data Show

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As fatal overdoses continue to climb in Maryland, heroin’s contribution to the epidemic is diminishing as its more potent cousin, fentanyl, assumes a larger role, data show.

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.

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