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JUNE 2014--An alarming spike in heroin and other drug overdose deaths in Maryland has prompted what the state's health secretary calls an "all hands on deck" effort to investigate and treat addiction. The number of drug- and alcohol-related deaths in Maryland rose to 858 in 2013 from 799 the previous year, according to data released by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Friday. Much of the increase is due to heroin, particularly when it is laced with fentanyl, a powerful prescription painkiller used by cancer and other patients, now being illicitly manufactured in drug labs, said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, the department's secretary. (Baltimore Sun, June 27, 2014) 


According to the DHMH, as it has become more difficult and expensive to obtain prescription opioids, people have switched to cheaper and more accessible heroin. See Drug and Alcohol-Related Intoxication Deaths in Maryland, 2013.   


FEBRUARY 2015-- Waiting for Governor Hogan to declare a Heroin State of  Emergency.  "It's an epidemic," he said.  "No, I'm not confident that we can solve the whole thing, but I'm absolutely positive that we have to try.  And we have to put as much emphasis and attention to it as we can."   


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A community alliance, convened and supported by the Collaboration Council, to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by Montgomery County youth.


The Montgomery County Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse, brings together many voices to help us ALL make smarter choices so our youth can build healthy, safe and successful lives free of substance abuse.  To learn more go to: manyvoicessmartchoices.org or email: alicia.church@collaborationcouncil.org 


This alliance is funded through a grant from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

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OPIOIDS are ADDICTIVE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS--even when taken as prescribed by a medical doctor. They are almost the same chemical as Heroin. (Partnership for Drug Free Kids)  

5% of Middle School Students and 14% of High School students in Montgomery County reported ever having used prescription drugs without a doctor's prescription and 4% of High School students reported having used heroin.

*Data from 2013 Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey for Montgomery County 

The Facts on Opioids and Heroin 

  • The number of drug and alcohol-related deaths have increased in the past decade.
  • Nationally, a third of all drug-related deaths are due to opioids or heroin.
  • Most teens who try heroin abused opioids first.
  • Teens are more likely to get prescription drugs from family members or friends.
  • Teens are less likely to receive the treatment when they need it. SAMHSA reports that early identification and appropriate treatment enhance the likelihood of recovery.
  • Studies show that children who learn about the risks from parents are 50% less likely to use (The Partnership for Drug Free Kids).
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