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.
Two counties bordering Baltimore are suing pharmaceutical firms and distributors for contributing to the deadly opioid crisis that’s hit Maryland.
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.
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.
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.
The numbers are in. Maryland’s opioid epidemic is worsening at a faster rate than ever.
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.