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1 US MD: Maryland Medical Examiner's Office Corrects Contracting IssuesWed, 11 Apr 2018
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Cohn, Meredith Area:Maryland Lines:45 Added:04/11/2018

The state medical examiner's office, which has been stretched by the opioid overdose epidemic, let some compliance issues slip in recent years, potentially costing the state extra money, according to a routine review by state auditors.

The audit, spanning three and a half years and ending in September, found that the office didn't not follow required competitive bidding processes in purchasing some medical supplies, wasn't properly monitoring mileage charged by vendors to transport bodies and was not properly restricting employee access to the office's payment system.

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2 US MD: Doctors Seek To Open Cannabis LabWed, 29 Jun 2016
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Cohn, Meredith Area:Maryland Lines:136 Added:06/29/2016

Columbia Group Wants to Test Medical Marijuana to Lessen Danger to Patients

A group of local doctors plans to open a medical marijuana testing facility in Columbia to ensure product quality as the state prepares to launch its burgeoning therapeutic cannabis industry.

Testing is required by state law for cannabis growers, which presented an opportunity for the group of four doctors, led by Dr. Andrew Rosenstein, chief of the division of gastroenterology at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.

Rosenstein said the doctors were worried about potential threats to some of their sickest patients from contaminants in cannabis that could complicate conditions rather than alleviate pain and other symptoms.

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3 US MD: Heroin Task Force Wants 24-Hour Treatment OptionsMon, 13 Jul 2015
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Cohn, Meredith Area:Maryland Lines:127 Added:07/13/2015

Group Urges Multifaceted Approach to Help Reduce Overdoses and Deaths

To stem the growing heroin addiction rates and overdose deaths, a Baltimore task force plans to unveil a more than $20 million proposal today that includes around-the-clock treatment options.

The panel is expected to outline a multifaceted approach that also includes training for families in deploying a heroin overdose antidote, an informational website and an educational campaign. Some of the proposals are already being planned or underway.

City officials, as well as state and federal leaders, have been sounding alarms about the surge in heroin and prescription drug deaths. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake formed the task force in the fall. She says the recommendations will serve as a "blueprint."

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4 US MD: Deaths From Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Surge, Spur WarningTue, 07 Jul 2015
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Cohn, Meredith Area:Maryland Lines:119 Added:07/08/2015

Amid a statewide surge in overdoses, Baltimore health officials announced a campaign Monday to tell heroin users that the drug they buy on the street could contain the much more potent painkiller fentanyl.

The synthetic opiod, which federal officials say is 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin, is blamed in the deaths of hundreds of drug users nationwide since 2013. Health, law enforcement and counselors began issuing warnings more than a year ago, but have not been able to stem overdoses.

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5 US MD: Health Officials Try to Halt Rise of Fentanyl-LacedTue, 07 Jul 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Cohn, Meredith Area:Maryland Lines:90 Added:07/07/2015

Amid a statewide surge in overdoses, Baltimore health officials announced a campaign Monday to tell heroin users that the drug they buy on the street could contain the much more potent painkiller fentanyl.

The synthetic opiod, which federal officials say is 30 to 50 times as powerful as heroin, is blamed in the deaths of hundreds of drug users nationwide since 2013.

Health officials, law enforcement authorities and counselors began issuing warnings more than a year ago but have not been able to stem overdoses.

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6 US MD: Medical Cannabis Moving CloserMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Cohn, Meredith Area:Maryland Lines:121 Added:06/30/2015

With the state publishing draft regulations for medical marijuana and an infrastructure for growing and distributing it coming into view, Marylanders who suffer from chronic pain or debilitating disease could gain access to the drug by the middle of next year.

The rules developed by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, which cover doctor registration, licensing, fees and other concerns, were published last week. The state is accepting public comment on the rules through July 27.

"This is a big step in the right direction," said Del. Dan K. Morhaim, a physician who championed the legalization of medical marijuana in the General Assembly. "This should make the program operational, though there should be adjustments every year or so for the next few years as we learn from our experience."

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7 US MD: Md. Tracks Pain Pills To Reduce OverdosesTue, 09 Sep 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Cohn, Meredith Area:Maryland Lines:172 Added:09/09/2014

Prescription Monitoring Program Is Intended to Curtail 'Doctor Shopping'

"We want to use data to drive people to treatment and services." Dr. Laura Herrera of the state health department

A database in Kentucky that has tracked potentially dangerous and addictive prescriptions dispensed in the state for the past 15 years has become a national model by helping significantly reduce so-called doctor-shopping for pain drugs.

Federal data show the state has dropped from the second-highest abuser of prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Percocet to 31st.

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8 US MD: Baltimore Pastor To Open On-Demand Methadone ClinicThu, 23 Jun 2011
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Cohn, Meredith Area:Maryland Lines:177 Added:06/26/2011

Center Plans to Give Addicts a Dose Within 15 Minutes

Tired of the heroin and crime surrounding his Northeast Baltimore church and treatment center, the Rev. Milton Williams said Thursday that he plans to open the city's first "open access" clinic, which will hand out methadone within 15 minutes to any addict who walks through the door.

Williams said defiantly that he will open the doors of his Turning Point clinic on North Avenue on July 5 to possibly 100-150 addicts a night -- though he still lacks approval from state and federal regulators.

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