Mother and activist Beth Schmidt lost her son to a fentanyl overdose in 2013.
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.