Overcoming Opioids

Overcoming Opioids

With addiction and death rates steadily climbing, opioid abuse in America has been termed an “epidemic” by many federal, state and local agencies. A shift towards a public health approach to the issue has enabled many who are sick to receive services, but there are many more in need, as well.

Maryland Public Television has been collecting stories from people on the front lines of this crisis in an effort to bring awareness to their work. This series of stories aims to bring our viewers a greater understanding of the nuances, challenges, and humanity contained in this topic.

Dr. Wen

Dr. Wen

Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen, MD is fighting opioid overdose by trying to improve access to Naloxone. A recent price hike has imposed a new challenge on this project.

Fentanyl

Fentanyl

Beth Schmidt lost her son Sean to a fatal fentanyl overdose in 2013. She now helps families to recognize the signs of opioid addiction and to know that they are not alone.

Maternity

Maternity

Vanessa Lyle was a user of opioids while pregnant who sought and received help from a detoxification program for the special needs of new and expecting mothers.

Narcan

Narcan

One way that Narcan, a drug used to stop opioid overdoses, is available to certified Maryland residents is through peer advocate programs.

Telemedicine

Telemedicine

Through telemedicine, specialists expand access to treatment across the state for those facing opioid addiction.

Digital Studios

These stories were made possible by the generous support of Maryland Department of Health. If you or someone you know is struggling with opioids, or to learn more about their services, please visit their website at MDDestinationRecovery.org.

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene