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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan wants to up the penalties for drug trafficking and tighten the state’s program that monitors prescription drugs.

One measure would bring the state’s anti-gang statute more in line with the federal racketeering law.

The second measure would make the prescription drug monitoring program mandatory in identifying and investigating drug abuse.

In his statement the governor said he wanted to bring the various stakeholders together in the fight against the increasing phenomena of heroin and opioid addiction.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland health officials have issued an order allowing pharmacists to dispense a heroin overdose antidote without a prescription.

Officials said Monday that the order is intended to help combat the state's heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.

The antidote, Naloxone, is a prescription medication that can reverse overdoses related to opioids, which include heroin and prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Police Officer William Porter is set to face a jury in the first trial stemming from the death of Freddie Gray.

Court spokeswoman Terri Charles says the 12 jurors will be seated Wednesday in Baltimore Circuit Court. She says opening statements also could be heard Wednesday.

The prospective jurors are from a pool of 150 questioned Monday and Tuesday by Judge Barry Williams, mostly out of public view.

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The Maryland Governor’s task force on the heroin epidemic has handed in its recommendations which includes a needle exchange program.

In addition, the panel calls for the stepping up treatment programs as well as providing support services for pregnant women with substance abuse problems.

The panel also recommended legislation that would require prescribers and dispensers of drugs to register with and use the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program...for drugs containing an opiod or benzodiazephine.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland task force on fighting heroin addiction is scheduled to release its final recommendations.

The report is set to be released Tuesday.

The task force was created by Gov. Larry Hogan in February. It is comprised of 11 members with expertise in substance abuse, treatment and law enforcement.

The panel has been working to improve public awareness, access to treatment and quality of care. It also has been looking at alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent drug abusers and law enforcement coordination.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police have arrested a man and recovered heroin after a two-state chase.

Troopers say after identifying a suspect in heroin distribution, officers saw the man in a car a parking lot in Salisbury, Maryland, about 4 p.m. Monday.

Authorities say the man put his car in reverse and hit a police car, with a trooper inside. Police say the man drove forward toward another officer, who jumped out of the way.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Officials say deaths in Virginia from heroin and opioid use outnumbered highway fatalities for the first time last year.

Multiple media outlets report that in 2014, 728 Virginians died from drug overdoses. That same year, there were 700 highway fatalities.

Highway deaths have been dropping as drug deaths increase. The highway death toll in 2013 was 741 compared with 661 from drugs. In 2009, there were 750 traffic fatalities compared with 504 deaths from heroin and opioids.

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Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Maryland State Police in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the state police barracks to receive the drugs.

The goal of the program is to give people a chance to dispose of their prescription drugs safely.

Maryland has seen an increasing rate of drug addiction and overdoses that stems from prescriptions and many times ends up with heroin use.

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Last night heroin addiction brought out around fifty family members and elected officials in a candlelight vigil at the Salisbury Riverwalk Park. They were parents, spouses and siblings who talked of their struggles and their determination to fight what has become the rising use of heroin and other drugs.

The vigil was sponsored by the group Shoulder to Shoulder to Beat Heroin Addiction.

City Council Vice President Laura Mitchell whose loved one has been fighting addiction took center stage breaking down at times as she urged the community fight the deadly epidemic.

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The rise in heroin addiction has led more than 200 parents and family members to come out tonight for a candlelight vigil at the Salisbury Riverwalk Park at 5:30 p.m. tonight (9/16).

Many have lost loved ones to the epidemic or have loved ones who are still battling their addiction.

Among those in attendance tonight will be City Council Vice President Laura Mitchell whose loved one has been battling heroin.

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There’s a new methadone clinic in Easton.

The Chesapeake Treatment Services opened just last week and is aimed at fighting the rising use of heroin on the Lower Shore.

Those who are addicted to heroin or other opiates will be able to receive the drug to deal with the cravings without the side effects.

The founder Dr. David Hill told WBOC that the clinic will also include therapy for each patient.

And the clinic has gotten a nod from the Easton police who say that given the drug problem it is good to have new treatment options.

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TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) - Police say a ride operator at the Maryland State Fair has been found dead in her trailer at the fairgrounds in Baltimore County.

Baltimore County police say emergency crews were called to the fairgrounds in Timonium on Friday night for a report of an overdose.

Police said Monday that after 22-year-old Amanda Bradley of Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, didn't show up at her assigned ride on Friday, a supervisor found her slumped over inside her trailer.  Bradley was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

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The Delaware Supreme Court has decided to hear an appeal against a former death row inmate by prosecutors.

They say a judge made a mistake in not allowing a videotaped confession by Jermaine Wright in the 1991 murder of liquor store clerk.

That confession had been the key piece of evidence that led to his death sentence but was suppressed by a judge earlier this year.

That decision allowed Wright to go free.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that at issue is whether he was read his Miranda rights and that he was on heroin.

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In the fight against heroin addiction the Delaware Attorney General want to slash the cost of the drug’s anti-dote.

Delaware officials say 10 lives have been saved this year since the antidote Naloxone for heroin overdoses was put in the pockets of officers in the Ocean View, Middletown and New Castle County police departments.

These included a 35 year old Wilmington man who was found unconscious by his roommate and a 32- year old woman in Ocean View who was given it twice within a 10 hour period.

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Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn wants to come up with standard regulations for how doctors and other health care providers dispense opiate drugs.

It’s part of his effort to fight the abuse of painkillers as part of an effort to fight the rise of heroin use in the state.

In addition, the Wilmington News Journal reports that Delaware officials want regular state reviews of deaths that resulted from the use of heroin or other drugs.

They want to develop a best practices formula for detox treatment that would substitute drugs like suboxone and methadone.

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Delaware lawmakers have moved to make Naloxone available to school nurses throughout the state to fight the rising use of heroin.

The drug reverses the effects of an overdose.

The state House of Representatives approved the measure yesterday afternoon.

Representative Mike Barbieri said the legislation would not require schools to keep the drug on hand.

Last year Governor Jack Markell signed a law that made the drug available without a prescription.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The "emergency" of heroin and opioid abuse in Maryland is getting attention from state lawmakers and health leaders.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford's office announced on Thursday that the third of six drug task force summits will be hosted in Calvert County later this month.

Rutherford is the chairman of the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force, part of Gov. Larry Hogan's initiative to address the rising number of fatal overdoses in the state - which he declared an emergency.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford is attending a summit for the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force.

Rutherford is scheduled to join Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen on Wednesday in Baltimore.

Rutherford is leading Gov. Larry Hogan's initiative to address the rising rate of fatal overdoses in Maryland. Last month, he attended a task force summit in Elkridge.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A bill to repeal mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain drug-related charges has cleared the Maryland House of Delegates.

Supporters said the bill would give judges more freedom to determine an appropriate sentence for someone found guilty of certain drug charges. Delegates passed the measure 85-55. 

Bill sponsor Del. Curtis Anderson, a Baltimore City Democrat, said the measure allows judges to consider drug treatment for a person, rather than having current law dictate how long they must sentence someone to time behind bars.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County officials are launching a new initiative to warn people about the dangers of heroin.

The campaign, to be discussed at a news conference Thursday, is aimed at teenagers and at making suburban, middle class families aware that heroin use is happening in their communities as well as in the inner city.

County Executive Tom Gordon and County Police Chief Col. E.M. Setting were among the officials scheduled to be on hand to discuss the effort.

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Governor Larry Hogan outlined his plan to fight the increasing number of heroin overdose deaths.

Hogan’s concern is also personal with the death of his own cousin to a heroin overdose a few years ago.

The Republican governor will be setting up a council and a separate special taskforce to deal with the problem.

They are to meet regularly and get advice from educators, families and others in the community.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County's executive says he's going to declare a public health emergency as soon as next week in response to the "heroin epidemic" in the region, citing a growing number of deaths related to the highly addictive opioid.

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More than 100 officers joined the Crisfield Police Department Sunday morning and descended on the small town raiding nine locations aimed at shutting down gang activity.

WBOC reports that for months authorities hunted several suspects connected to the Tree Top Piru gang for crimes in the city.

Crisfield Police Chief Michael Tabor said his department had dismantled the gang and assured residents that they were safe.

He said that 18 bags of heroin, 10 bags of cocaine and more than $22-hundred in cash were recovered.

He said no guns were found.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan is celebrating the re-election of a county sheriff known for his tough approach to undocumented immigration and drug trafficking.

Hogan is scheduled to speak Friday at the swearing-in ceremony in Frederick for Frederick County sheriff and fellow Republican Chuck Jenkins.

Jenkins has embraced federal programs allowing local police to enforce immigration laws.

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Last night the Selbyville Police Chief Scott Collins got together with parents in the wake of a recent incident in which a middle school student ingested some heroin on Halloween.

Another incident involved a 4-year old who brought her mother’s backpack into a Selbyville daycare.

While at the daycare she found baggies of heroin in the backpack and began distributing them to other children thinking it was candy.

Collin told the parents that much of what authorities are seeing is access by children to drugs at home.

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A student at Selbyville Middle School apparently was taken by an ambulance from a school dance on Halloween because it was believed he had ingested heroin in a bathroom.

An Indian River School District official told the Wilmington News Journal that only one student was involved and that he did not inject the substance with a needle.

Spokesman David Maull said that the emergency responders showed up at the scene after receiving a 911 call and took the student Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Police officers in Delaware will soon be carrying emergency antidotes that could help save the lives of people who have overdosed on heroin.

A bill being signed into law Monday by Gov. Jack Markell allows trained police officers to carry the drug naloxone, a heroin overdose antidote known by the brand name Narcan.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland had a 33 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in the first quarter of this year.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a new report on Thursday that shows the increase over the same period last year is being driven by fentanyl-laced heroin.

The report says there were 252 total drug overdose deaths from January to March, and 148 are related to heroin.

The state also has seen a big increase in heroin-related emergency department visits in recent years. There were 1,200 in Maryland last year, compared to 871 in 2012.

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The Delaware state Senate has approved a measure that would allow the greater access to the drug Naloxone that is used to save the lives of heroin addicts who could die from an overdose.

The state Department of Health and Social Services has a plan to teach people on how to safely administer the drug and allows them to get the drug with a prescription.

Critics counter that making Naloxone more available ignores getting heroin users the help they need with their additions.

At least six Delawareans have recently died from a heroin overdose.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are eyeing legislation to help drug addicts survive heroin overdoses.

State officials last year adopted a pilot basic life support protocol that allows emergency responders to treat suspected narcotic overdoses with naloxone, a heroin overdose antidote known by the brand name Narcan.

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