opioid crisis

February 21, 2018 | Staff Writer

In Poll, Marylanders Call Opioid Addiction A Major Problem

A poll of Maryland residents showed an overwhelming majority saw opioids as a major problem and half know someone who is addicted. The results were in the Goucher Poll, a survey of 800 Maryland adults taken between Feb. 12 and 17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. The Goucher […]

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February 8, 2018 | Michelle Queen

Five Things to Know Today Thursday, Feb. 8, in Montgomery County

Thursday’s rundown of five things to know today in Montgomery County: 1. Council work: The Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Government Operations (GO) committees meet today to receive updates on the county employee wellness program, capital improvement program, ethics regulations, and the Cable Television and Communications Plan . Watch live, here. 2. Coffee […]

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February 7, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Leggett Announces County Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers

Montgomery County has filed its suit against opioid manufacturers, an effort to get the pharmaceutical companies to change how they market the painkillers and report suspicious sales. “To understand the magnitude of our challenge, all you have to do is simply ask our first responders, fire and rescue and police, ask our front-line personnel in […]

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February 7, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Five Things to Know Today Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Montgomery County

Here’s five things to know today Feb. 7 in Montgomery County: 1. Freezing Rain: The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for our area from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. Public schools and federal agencies open two hours late due to the weather. 2. Speaking of the weather: The Storm Operations Center will activate […]

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January 12, 2018 | Michelle Queen

County Report This Week

Michael Bruen hosts the latest episode of County Report This Week with news and information for Montgomery County. On this episode, find reports on: Montgomery County police officers receive training of use of Narcan, Police Chief Tom Manger comments; Discovery Communications announces plans to move Silver Spring headquarters to New York; Takoma Park has a […]

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January 12, 2018 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery Week In Review

Don Mooers hosts the latest episode of Montgomery Week in Review. Mooers’ guests include Chuck Short, Elaine Apter, Trish Evans, and Fred Evans. Mooers and the panel discuss the county’s work to address the opioid crisis with Chuck Short, the state legislative session with Elaine Apter, Rockville Villages with Trish Evans, and next week’s celebration […]

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January 10, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery County Police Get Training on Narcan (VIDEO)

About 60 Montgomery County police officers took training Wednesday on how to use Narcan, a drug Chief Thomas Manger calls a “miracle antidote” for overdoses. The training comes thanks to the Montgomery County Police Foundation, which provided $10,000 to provide the ruggedized yellow containers that contain Narcan. Manger said an officer told him the containers […]

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January 8, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Trone Releases Plan to Combat Opioids

Sixth Congressional District candidate David Trone unveiled a plan Monday to combat the opioid crisis that would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health, promote new prescription guidelines and make treatment more affordable. In a campaign statement, Trone criticized President Donald Trump’s response to the crisis. He said the federal government needs to spend […]

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October 25, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Crowel: County Needs To Chart Middle Ground in Opioid Crisis (VIDEO)

Montgomery County needs to start a conversation about the next steps in combating the opioid epidemic, a conversation that includes needle exchanges and “safe houses” where addicts can take drugs under supervision. The comment comes from the point person on the opioid epidemic in the county health department. Dr. Raymond Crowel said he knew the […]

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August 7, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Data Show Opioid Crisis Continues in Montgomery, Maryland

New data from the state health department show the opioid crisis continues in Montgomery County and Maryland. In the first quarter of 2017, Montgomery County had 27 overdose deaths compared with 21 in the same period in 2016, the Maryland Department of Health reported. Across the state, 550 overdoses were recorded in the first quarter, […]

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