Tag: overdoses

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.

Baltimore, Anne Arundel Counties Suing Opioid Makers and Distributors

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Hydrocodone pills. Photo via Flickr, CC by 2.0

Two counties bordering Baltimore are suing pharmaceutical firms and distributors for contributing to the deadly opioid crisis that’s hit Maryland.

Baltimore Co. Police Evacuate Entire Precinct After 3 Officers Treated for Fentanyl Exposure

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Seized powered fentanyl. Photo via U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Baltimore County police evacuated their entire Woodlawn precinct Thursday night after three officers fell ill from coming into contact with heroin’s more potent cousin, fentanyl.

Md. Overdose Deaths Keep Climbing, and Fentanyl is Mostly to Blame

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A total of 1,172 people died from overdoses in Maryland during the first six months of this year. A third of them were in Baltimore, and nearly seven in 10 involved heroin’s more potent cousin, fentanyl.

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.

Study: Putting One Safe Injection Facility in Baltimore Could Save the City $6 Million Per Year

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A new study co-authored by Johns Hopkins public health researchers suggests installing one 13-booth safe injection facility for Baltimore’s drug users could save millions of dollars.

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