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By Grant Smith | August 27, 2012
For all the attention that violent crime gets in the media, the average American is much more likely to die from another largely preventable tragedy. Fatal drug overdoses have risen sharply in recent years. In Congress this month, Maryland Rep. Donna F. Edwards introduced bipartisan legislation known as the Stop Overdose Stat (S.O.S.) Act to help reverse this national trend. Every year, the lives of more than 28,000 Americans and more than 200 Baltimore City residents are claimed by a drug overdose.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2014
A rash of overdose deaths from heroin laced with a powerful synthetic opiate has drawn a high-profile reaction from law enforcement and public-health officials, who are scrambling to find the source of the drugs and warn addicts of the danger. Thirty-seven people in Maryland have died after using the fentanyl-laced heroin since September. The cases represented one-tenth of more than 300 reported drug overdoses in that time, according to state health officials. But a rising trend of heroin-linked fatalities has been on the radar for years.
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NEWS
By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | June 21, 2000
Drug abusers often don't want help. Baltimore County paramedics respond to an average of 20 overdose calls a week. But when emergency workers arrive, patients frequently refuse to go to hospitals. Until recently, there was little that rescue workers could do. But now, rather than simply driving away, paramedics have a tool that could prod some drug-abusers into seeking treatment. The Baltimore County Bureau of Substance Abuse and the county Fire Department have distributed 4,000 information packets to emergency vehicle crews and hospitals to be handed to overdose victims.
NEWS
February 6, 2014
Why are we wasting law enforcement resources on people who are trying to kill themselves, quickly or slowly? Is there some government law that governs the purity of heroin ( "A fatal addiction," Feb. 4)? Use the energy and people to prevent and solve the violent crimes against innocent people. Obviously, insufficient resources are being utilized in that fight. Thomas F. McDonough, Towson - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Caitlin Francke, Dana Hedgpeth, Craig Timberg and Del Quentin Wilber contributed to this article | January 22, 1998
A Howard County elementary teacher passed out in a school bathroom last week from an apparent drug overdose and was discovered by a student, Howard school officials said yesterday.The teacher, a first-year prekindergarten and kindergarten teacher at Laurel Woods elementary, was found after school hours unconscious in a bathroom stall, Michael E. Hickey, Howard school superintendent, said.Associate Superintendent James R. McGowan confirmed that the teacher is Garrett M. Bradley, 28, of Baltimore, who was charged in a Jan. 15 warrant with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
NEWS
By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Caitlin Francke and Del Quentin Wilber contributed to this article | January 23, 1998
A North Laurel elementary school teacher who suffered an rTC apparent drug overdose on campus is well-liked by students and parents, and Howard County school officials said yesterday he never showed any signs of addiction.But some parents are questioning why the school system does not require prospective teachers to undergo drug testing and are upset that students may have been exposed to someone using drugs."My first reaction was I felt really sorry for him, but my next feeling was anger," said Denise Wesolowski, who has two children at the school.
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By Erika Niedowski and Del Quentin Wilber and Erika Niedowski and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1999
A Howard County grand jury has indicted three young men on murder charges in the drug overdose death of a 21-year-old Columbia man they are accused of failing to help and leaving near a Dumpster in Southwest Baltimore.Police said Morgan Manca-Wells Jr. of the 11700 block of Lone Tree Court was found outside St. Agnes Hospital in March, dead of a heroin overdose.Scott Shelton, 20, of the 5400 block of Wolf River Lane in Columbia; Wesley Tyson Hamerly, 20, of the 6400 block of Grommet Drive in Elkridge; and Brian Jefferson, 24, of the 11600 block of Sun Circle Way in Columbia were indicted Thursday on charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment, according to the Howard state's attorney's office.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2012
De'Andre L. McCullough, the young protagonist of the book “The Corner”, which chronicled a year on a drug-plagued street corner in West Baltimore and was turned into an HBO miniseries, died Wednesday of an apparent overdose in Baltimore County, according to police and relatives. It marked the end of a long struggle with addiction for McCullough, 35, who showed promise of getting his life on track but was being sought at the time of his death on warrants charging him with two armed robberies at Baltimore pharmacies, police said.
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | April 16, 2003
A 42-year-old man who apparently was seeking medical attention for a possible drug overdose died Monday night shortly after an altercation with Anne Arundel County police that might have been sparked by miscommunication. Michael Cofiell stumbled into a 7-Eleven store on Furnace Branch Road in Glen Burnie shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday, complaining of chest pains and asking for medical help, police said. When paramedics arrived, the man gave indications that he had been using drugs, police said, but then he ran away.
NEWS
November 4, 1995
Louis Abolafia, 54, an artist who said he received about 2 million votes when he ran for president against Richard Nixon in 1968 as the naked hippie "love candidate," died of a drug overdose in Los Angeles Monday.
NEWS
February 3, 2014
The death this weekend of acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent drug overdose has left his fans and colleagues in the film industry devastated by the loss of a great talent at so young an age. Mr. Hoffman was 46 when he was found dead in his New York apartment Sunday with a hypodermic needle stuck in his arm and packets of what appeared to be heroin nearby. His tragedy was a reminder that heroin addiction has many faces, from the rich and famous to people of severely limited means.
NEWS
February 3, 2014
The death this weekend of acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent drug overdose has left his fans and colleagues in the film industry devastated by the loss of a great talent at so young an age. Mr. Hoffman was 46 when he was found dead in his New York apartment Sunday with a hypodermic needle stuck in his arm and packets of what appeared to be heroin nearby. His tragedy was a reminder that heroin addiction has many faces, from the rich and famous to people of severely limited means.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
Linda Fletcher lives in fear of reliving a nightmare: a son dying from a heroin overdose. Her son Kris Klipner succumbed to the drug in 2007. He was 28. Klipner's half-brother battles the same kind of depression as Kris. He suffers the same heroin addiction Kris did. Kirk Fletcher, 29, is in a methadone program to help him avoid the drug. He says he has his addiction under control. But he understands his mother's fear that it will return - just as his brother's did. Linda Fletcher is hopeful that some relief is on the way. New legislation, pushed by Fletcher and other parents, backed by the state health department and passed unanimously this year by both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly, creates a statewide program allowing family members of addicts to be prescribed and trained in administering Naloxone.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
Detectives from the Annapolis Police Department are investigating the deaths of two men who were found Sunday morning unconscious in a vehicle parked at 24/7 Fuel Mart, a gas station in the 1200 block of Forest Drive in Annapolis. "Police received the call a little past 8 a.m.," said Detective Amy Miguez. "It might be a drug overdose but we will not be sure until we receive the autopsy results. " When police officers arrived at the scene, they discovered that the two men in the vehicle were dead.
HEALTH
By Kevin Rector and Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
As efforts to crack down on the abuse of prescription drugs have worked, a new problem has emerged, with addicts who can no longer get their fix by popping pills turning to the old-fashioned street drug heroin, health and law enforcement officials say. The trend shows up in local arrests, drug seizures and overdose deaths. Drug dealers are finding new markets in the suburbs, where teenagers once got their stash from local drugstores or their parents' medicine cabinets, some experts say. "The kids who got addicted to prescription pills are flipping to heroin, and, as a result, these kids are dropping like flies," said Mike Gimbel, a longtime drug counselor in Baltimore County who now works at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2012
Baltimore Police have launched a criminal investigation into Friday's in-custody death of a 46-year-old man in East Baltimore, who police initially said was believed to have died from choking on drugs.  Relatives of the man and eyewitnesses have come forward to say the man, identified by family as Anthony Anderson, was assaulted by police. Police confirmed that they have interviewed those witnesses, and say a preliminary autopsy shows that the man did not die from choking on drugs.  However, they the medical examiner has not yet determined whether he died from a drug overdose or some other type of injury.
NEWS
By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | August 7, 1996
The body of an infant girl, covered with leaves, was found last night in a heavily wooded section of Prettyboy Reservoir in northwest Baltimore County and the girl's mother is considered a suspect in the death, according to a state police spokesman.The spokesman, Capt. Greg Shipley, said the mother, who is in her 20s and a resident of Taneytown in Carroll County, led troopers from the Westminster Barracks to the body after they went to her home about 5: 30 p.m. to respond to a report of a drug overdose.
NEWS
June 5, 1997
Aaron West Arkeen,36, a songwriter-musician known as an honorary member of Guns N' Roses, died Friday in Los Angeles of a drug overdose. His management company said he suffered an opiate overdose while recovering from serious burns suffered in an indoor barbecue explosion.He wrote and played on numerous hits with Guns N' Roses, Brother Cane, Sly Stone, Phantom Blue, Izzy Stradlin, Femme Fatale and Johnny Winter.Pub Date: 6/05/97
NEWS
By Grant Smith | August 27, 2012
For all the attention that violent crime gets in the media, the average American is much more likely to die from another largely preventable tragedy. Fatal drug overdoses have risen sharply in recent years. In Congress this month, Maryland Rep. Donna F. Edwards introduced bipartisan legislation known as the Stop Overdose Stat (S.O.S.) Act to help reverse this national trend. Every year, the lives of more than 28,000 Americans and more than 200 Baltimore City residents are claimed by a drug overdose.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2012
De'Andre L. McCullough, the young protagonist of the book “The Corner”, which chronicled a year on a drug-plagued street corner in West Baltimore and was turned into an HBO miniseries, died Wednesday of an apparent overdose in Baltimore County, according to police and relatives. It marked the end of a long struggle with addiction for McCullough, 35, who showed promise of getting his life on track but was being sought at the time of his death on warrants charging him with two armed robberies at Baltimore pharmacies, police said.
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