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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
The General Assembly passed legislation Monday night allowing Baltimore to distribute an unlimited number of syringes to drug addicts in Baltimore in the hope that access to clean needles will help curb the spread of AIDS. The 40-7 Senate vote sends the measure to Gov. Martin O'Malley. The bill is a top legislative priority of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who wants to end the requirement that needles be exchanged on a one-for-one basis. City officials maintain that the provision - in place since the needle exchange started in 1994 - limits the effectiveness of the program, which is designed to prevent addicts from sharing used needles and transmitting the HIV virus and hepatitis.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | April 14, 2000
Noticeably absent from Wednesday night's premiere of the Baltimore-based HBO miniseries, "The Corner," was Mayor Martin O'Malley. Although he sent his chief of staff, O'Malley acknowledged yesterday that he has avoided any relationship to the gripping, six-part movie depicting the desperate world of Baltimore drug addicts. O'Malley yesterday commended David Simon and Edward Burns of Baltimore, who wrote "The Corner," the book upon which the movie is based, but added that he doesn't think promoting the city's drug-addiction problem to the rest of the nation is in its best interest.
EXPLORE
February 5, 2013
OK news media, every story has two sides. We have seen what convicted felons, mentally disturbed and drug addicts can do with their guns, which are stolen and unregistered to say the least. Two laws broken right there! Now, let's hear from those hundreds of legal gun owners who are alive and well today because they were armed and ready when violence entered their lives.   Over 60 million people in this country own firearms legally. Positive thinking, intelligent, hard working citizens living within their rights.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | November 16, 2013
Terry Reed, likely Baltimore's best-known panhandler — the one with prosthetic arms and legs, who for years worked the traffic along President Street through all kinds of weather — is alive and doing much better than anyone thought he would. He's in a nursing-rehabilitation center on the city's west side, where he went six months ago, after going through heroin detoxification at University of Maryland Hospital. "I'm clean, Dan," he told me Thursday, a declaration confirmed by a social worker familiar with Reed's situation and, most of all, by his demeanor: clear, lucid and alert.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Hoping to curb the spread of HIV, Baltimore officials want to hand out thousands more needles to drug addicts than Maryland law now allows. Since 1994, city Health Department vans that work with addicts have traded clean syringes for used ones in a one-for-one exchange, currently distributing 500,000 needles a year. City officials say that system hasn't stopped enough heroin addicts from sharing or reusing needles and spreading disease. So the Rawlings-Blake administration is asking the General Assembly to pass legislation allowing the city to distribute as many syringes as an addict needs - no strings attached - as is done in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Vancouver.
NEWS
By Ryan Davis and Lynn Anderson and Ryan Davis and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | January 12, 2005
A triple homicide Monday night inside a drug and alcohol recovery facility in Remington has opened a window into a cottage industry in Baltimore - small, unlicensed and unmonitored group homes where recuperating addicts and alcoholics go to live. "This is a totally unregulated, uncatalogued set of services," said Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, Baltimore's health commissioner. "There are many hundreds, if not thousands, in the city." Most are well run, fill a need and are not required to hold government licenses, officials said yesterday, but concerns about the Remington facility have prompted a state inquiry.
NEWS
December 7, 1996
THE SURPRISE is not that the violent crime rate in Baltimore has for the first time in 10 years dropped significantly. It's that it has taken this city longer than others to register such a change. Police department numbers for the first nine months of this year indicate a 9.6 percent decrease in violent crime in the city compared to the same period in 1995. All major crime is down 7 percent; aggravated assaults, down 12.6 percent; robberies and burglaries, both down 8 percent.These preliminary figures have city officials optimistically anticipating next year's release of the FBI's uniform crime index.
NEWS
June 2, 1995
It has been only nine months since Baltimore City began its needle exchange program. But the experiment to reduce the frequency with which AIDS is transmitted from one drug user to another by sharing the same hypodermic has already been declared a success.That assessment is based on how many drug addicts are participating. So far, more than 2,300 persons have traded their used hypodermic needles for new ones. That's five times more than was predicted for the entire first year. But it's still only a fraction of the estimated 48,000 drug addicts in the city.
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By John B. O'Donnell and John B. O'Donnell,Washington Bureau of The Sun | May 14, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Social Security's welfare program for the disabled, blind and aged came under sharp attack on Capitol Hill yesterday as a powerful Democratic senator, focusing on benefits for children, drug addicts and alcoholics, called it "a prime example of a well-intentioned entitlement program run amok."Sen. Robert C. Byrd, the West Virginia Democrat who is chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said the program is a "microcosm of what is wrong with our federal deficit, not to mention the damage that is being done to our children in teaching them that their future lies not in hard work but in ripping off the federal government for benefits."
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1995
Although the number of new AIDS cases in the United States dipped last year, the epidemic has shown no signs of abating in Baltimore and Maryland.With 2,951 people diagnosed in the state last fiscal year, Maryland had the fourth-highest rate of new cases in the nation, trailing New York, Florida and New Jersey, according to figures released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two years ago, the state ranked eighth.In the fiscal year that ended June 30, about 59 new cases were diagnosed for every 100,000 people living in the state, compared with 45 per 100,000 a year earlier.
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