hope House Treatment Center Launches medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program
New Program Will Run in Conjunction with Existing IOP/OP Program
Press Release, February 6, 2018
In an aggressive move to further combat the opioid epidemic, Hope House Treatment Center has launched a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program as a subset of their Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) Programs.
Hope House Treatment Aide to be Honored at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast
By Staff Report, January 6, 2018
Six community activists will be recognized Jan. 15 for their contributions to the community at the 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast.
This year’s theme will be “Keep on Pushing” and features Gail Christopher, founder of the Ntianu Center for Nature and Healing, as the keynote speaker. She will discuss her work with the America Healing initiative and the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation effort.
Odds of dying from accidental opioid overdose in the US surpass those of dying in car accident
By Kevin Flower and Meera Senthilingam, January 14, 2019
For the first time on record the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident. The grim finding comes from the National Safety Council which analyzed preventable injury and fatality statistics from 2017.
This smartphone app can detect an opioid overdose and save your life
By Barbara Booth, January 9, 2019
At least 130 people die every day in the United States from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2017, a record year, two-thirds of the 72,000 drug overdose deaths were from opioids, and preliminary estimates signal the numbers will be even higher for 2018.
The five most addictive substances in the world
By Eric Bowman, January 6, 2019
What are the most addictive drugs? This question seems simple, but the answer depends on whom you ask.
From the points of view of different researchers, the potential for a drug to be addictive can be judged in terms of the harm it causes, the street value of the drug, the extent to which the drug activates the brain's dopamine system, how pleasurable people report the drug to be, the degree to which the drug causes withdrawal symptoms, and how easily a person trying the drug will become hooked.
Too many overdoses: ERs fight drugs with drugs amid opioid crisis
By Lilly Price, January 4, 2019
It happens every day: Emergency clinicians administer life-saving care to patients suffering from opioid overdoses.
Controversial tool emerges in opioid fight: fentanyl test strips
By John Bonifield, January 2, 2019
A controversial tool has emerged in the fight against opioid overdose deaths. It's a strip that allows people who use street drugs such as cocaine and heroin to test whether their drugs are laced with fentanyl.
If the drugs test positive, they might choose not to use them or choose to use less of them.
Opioids are killing more children and teens, too, study says
By Jessica Ravitz, December 28, 2018
A growing number of children and adolescents in the United States are dying from opioid poisonings, a new study shows. Nearly 9,000 pediatric deaths were attributed to opioids from 1999 through 2016, according to a report published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open. During that 18-year span, the mortality rate for youth due to opioid poisonings nearly tripled.
Wristband That Detects Opioid Overdose Joins U.S. Race for Tech Solutions
By Jeremy Hsu, December 26, 2018
More than 115 people died from opioid overdose each day in the United States in 2018—a grim statistic that highlights the overwhelming public health crisis that has gripped much of the country. One possible way to save lives may come from simple wearables designed to detect overdoses among people addicted to the powerful and potentially deadly opioid painkillers.
The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic
By German Lopez, December 26, 2018
I spent a lot of 2018 reporting on complex systems and policies that could help end the opioid epidemic, which is now the US’s deadliest drug overdose crisis ever.
'Opioid overdose epidemic continues to worsen and evolve,' CDC says
By Debra Goldschmidt, December 22, 2018
Illegally manufactured fentanyl was the driving force behind a 45.2% increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids from 2016 to 2017, according to a new report published Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
FDA panel backs prescribing overdose reversal drug with opioids
By Saumya Joseph, December 18, 2018
An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday narrowly recommended prescribing the opioid overdose reversal drug, naloxone, along with addictive painkillers.
Vaping Among Teens Is Higher Than Ever While Drinking And Opioid Use Is Dropping, Survey Finds
By Caroline Kee, December 17, 2018
While binge drinking, cigarette smoking, and opioid abuse have declined among teens in the US in recent years, there's been an alarming spike in vaping, according to a new study. And many teens may not even know they're vaping highly addictive nicotine.
Michael Bloomberg: Here Is $50 Million To Address The Opioid Crisis
By Bruce Y. Lee, December 9, 2018
Here’s some positive news about the opioid crisis after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released yet more bad news.
China Has Promised to Crack Down on Fentanyl. Here's What That Could Mean for Overdose Deaths in the U.S.
By Jamie Ducharme, December 3, 2018
As part of a wide-ranging deal between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, China has reportedly pledged to designate the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl and similar drugs as controlled substances, subjecting those who sell them to harsher punishments and potentially slowing their flow into the U.S.
Drug overdose deaths were so bad in 2017, they reduced overall life expectancy
By German Lopez, November 29, 2018
The number of drug overdose deaths in the US was so high in 2017 that it contributed to a drop in life expectancy.
According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017 — the highest number of drug overdose deaths for any single year in US history. The age-adjusted overdose death rate, of 21.7 per 100,000 people, was nearly 10 percent higher than it was in 2016, the CDC found.
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Study: Most U.S. outpatient treatment centers don't offer medication for opioid addiction
Robin Scullin, January 16, 2019
Despite the mounting death toll of America's opioid crisis, most facilities that treat substance use disorders don't offer patients buprenorphine, naltrexone, or methadone—the three medications approved by the FDA for the long-term management of opioid use disorder, according to a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
FATAL overdoses, mostly related to fentanyl, continue to climb in maryland
Meredith Cohn, January 15, 2019
Fatal overdoses are continuing their grim march upward in Maryland, and the bulk of the deaths continue to be related to the powerful opioid fentanyl, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Health.
Protecting babies born to opioid abusers: Is there an app for that?
Arelis R. Hernández, January 15, 2019
Elizabeth Stahlman was on maternity leave in 2016 when she heard about a Pennsylvania infant who died of starvation days after both of the baby’s parents fatally overdosed on opioids.
Report: Federal government contributing to opioid crisis in Anne Arundel
Phil Davis, January 8, 2019
Anne Arundel health officials say the federal government is contributing to the county opioid crisis by restricting low-income residents with public housing assistance to “areas where drugs are readily available.”
The White House says the border wall would keep opioids out of the U.S. It wouldn’t.
Colby Itkowitz, January 8, 2019
When President Trump makes his case tonight that there really is a border crisis, he’ll probably mention the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States, which killed thousands of Americans last year. Trump and his surrogates often cite the drug crisis as a reason the border wall with Mexico is needed.
Baltimore and Maryland are among the cities and states facing the worst economic impact of the opioid overdose crisis
Doug Donovan, January 4, 2019
Calculating the economic cost of the nation’s opioid overdose crisis has resulted in a wide range of estimates — from $78 billion to $500 billion.
As Maryland's opioid crisis rages on, so does the grief of the families left behind to mourn
Doug Donovan, December 27, 2018
When Ashley Mooney-Naglieri learned last winter that her husband was homeless and using heroin again, she got into her car and cruised all night through his Highlandtown haunts, shouting “Nick” out her window and stopping to peer into parked vehicles.
An Opioid Epidemic nobody talks about
Peter Jamison, December 18, 2018
A generation of African American heroin users is dying in the opioid epidemic nobody talks about. The nation’s capital is ground zero.
New Initiative Targets Fentanyl Dealers With Harsher Punishments
Staff, December 12, 2018
Fentanyl deaths are skyrocketing across Maryland with overdoses killing more than two thousand people in the state in 2018. Now, federal prosecutors say they will evaluate all fentanyl distribution arrests in Baltimore and decide whether to prosecute them in federal court, which means tougher sentences for offenders.
Fentanyl Is The Deadliest Drug In America, CDC Confirms
Staff, December 12, 2018
Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses, according to a new government report. The latest numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics say that the rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid skyrocketed by about 113% each year from 2013 through 2016.
Study: Dental painkillers may put young people at risk of opioid addiction
By Ronnie Cohen, December 3, 2018
Dentists who prescribe opioid painkillers to teenagers and young adults after pulling their wisdom teeth may be putting their patients at risk of addiction, a new study finds. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine Monday, shines a light on the largely overlooked role dental prescriptions play in an epidemic of addiction that has swept the United States, leading to a record 70,237 drug overdose deaths in 2017.
Annapolis plans opioid workshop as blacks in city fatally overdose at higher rate
By Phil Davis, November 28, 2018
Facing a unique issue with older black males dying from opioid overdoses at a disproportionate rate, Annapolis officials will host a workshop Saturday to tackle the problem.
Titled “Naptown Anti-Dope Move(meant)” — with the “(meant)” meant to mean “meaningful” — the “community engagement session” at the American Legion on Forest Drive brings the issue directly to neighborhood residents.
Opioid overdoses in Maryland increased 14.8 percent in first six months of 2018
By Andrea K. McDaniels, October 12, 2018
The number of opioid-related overdoses in Maryland increased 14.8 percent in the first half of the year as public health officials and others continue to struggle to get a handle on the epidemic.
Most of the deaths were related to the powerful opioid fentanyl, which is often added to heroin and even cocaine to boost their effects without the user knowing.
After Larry Hogan vowed to take on Maryland's opioid epidemic, deaths soared. What happened?
By Doug Donovan, October 10, 2018
When Larry Hogan ran for governor four years ago, he vowed to urgently address what he called Maryland’s “heroin epidemic.”
“It’s a major disaster,” the Republican said during an October 2014 debate. “In January, I will immediately declare a state of emergency.”
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17th Annual Oxford Landing Back to School Celebration
On August 29th, Hope House staff members Nick Clemente and Brittany Klemmer joined co-worker and Oxford Landing Back to School Celebration Coordinator Raynaldo Brown at the 17th annual celebration of the event that provides backpacks full of school supplies to the local children.
City of Laurel Health Fair
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My Time: Heritage Harbour Women's Club Hosts Luncheon
On May 23, 130 members of the Heritage Harbour Women's Club and guests gathered to celebrate achievements during their first year as a nonprofit organization. A luncheon with tea was held at the community's lodge. President Sally Ehrle thanked members for their support in raising funds through eight events and their work on 11 service projects. More than $14,000 in donations went for nursing scholarships and to drug treatment centers, a domestic violence/abuse program, public safety and services to disabled veterans. Read More...