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July 16, 2011
The Rev. Milton E. Williams' op-ed regarding his intention to provide methadone to patients within 15 minutes of a request deserves careful scrutiny ("Methadone on demand: Baltimore needs a program for patients who are not prepared for full-scale treatment," July 11). Mr. Williams' campaign to define, serve and save us from "victims" sounds charismatic, bold and possibly very dangerous. The victims may have a champion, but the regulators will have their hands full. Frank E. Long
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By Justin George and Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
A Baltimore woman received a 40-year prison sentence Monday in the death of her 1-year-old grandson and abuse of her granddaughter after a judge said she rubbed methadone onto the children's gums before she put them to bed and headed off to a party. Towanda Reaves, 51, took responsibility for the boy's death but said she never meant to kill him. "This is not the intentional killing of her grandson, but those who think this was some form of tragic accident misunderstand the case, and misunderstand the jury's analysis of it," said Baltimore Circuit Judge Timothy Doory.
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June 27, 2011
I think it's fantastic that Rev. Milton Williams is sticking his neck out on behalf of addicts in Baltimore by proposing to open his clinic to more people in serious need of methadone treatment ("Pastor to open on-demand methadone clinic at church," June 24). One thing the article did not mention is that methadone does not make addicts high but reduces cravings that lead to drug-seeking behavior and crime. However, it's imperative that readers know that methadone is also a highly effective primary treatment for chronic pain.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | September 12, 2013
As a public meeting approaches on what to do about a controversial methadone clinic in Hampden, clinic officials say they are making plans to curb drug dealing, loitering and other issues that have the business and residential communities calling for the state to shut it down. Baltimore City Council members Mary Part Clarke and Nick Mosby Clarke have scheduled a public meeting for Sept. 12, at 6 p.m., at the Hampden Family Center, 1104 West 36th St., to discuss the clinic. Clarke last month called for the state to close the clinic.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
Tired of the heroin and crime surrounding his Northeast Baltimore church and treatment center, the Rev. Milton Williams said Thursday that he plans to open the city's first "open access" clinic, which will hand out methadone within 15 minutes to any addict who walks through the door. Williams said defiantly that he will open the doors of his Turning Point clinic on North Avenue on July 5 to possibly 100-150 addicts a night — though he still lacks approval from state and federal regulators.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
A Severn couple already facing drug and weapons charges after rescue workers and police were called to their house for a report that their child accidentally took methadone are now also under indictment on child abuse and neglect counts. Paul Kristopher Brooks Sr., and his wife, Kimberly Brooks, both 28, are facing 12-count indictments, that include child abuse, firearms and drug charges, a spokeswoman for Anne Arundel County prosecutors said Friday. All charges stem from an incident Sept.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | September 12, 2013
As a public meeting approaches on what to do about a controversial methadone clinic in Hampden, clinic officials say they are making plans to curb drug dealing, loitering and other issues that have the business and residential communities calling for the state to shut it down. Baltimore City Council members Mary Part Clarke and Nick Mosby Clarke have scheduled a public meeting for Sept. 12, at 6 p.m., at the Hampden Family Center, 1104 West 36th St., to discuss the clinic. Clarke last month called for the state to close the clinic.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
A 28-year-old Severn man was arrested on multiple gun and drug charges Tuesday after paramedics responded to his home and found his 5-year-old son had ingested methadone, according to Anne Arundel County Police. Paul Kristopher Brooks, of the 1200 block of Reece Road, could also face child neglect charges, and charges are also pending against an additional, unidentified suspect, police said. Emergency personnel first responded to Brooks' home about 8:10 p.m. Tuesday after a 911 caller reported the boy was not breathing after accidentally ingesting the prescription narcotic and powerful liquid pain killer, police said.
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By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | May 18, 2004
Most Marylanders who died from methadone-related overdoses between 2000 and 2002 were from outside Baltimore, and few were known to be in drug treatment programs at the time of their deaths, new research shows. The study by the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland, College Park did not explain the reason for the recent increase in methadone deaths and could not determine whether the drug was more likely to be obtained legally or illegally. But in reviewing the medical records of the 56 residents who died from 2000 through 2002, the researchers found that 16 percent were known to be in treatment programs in which they would be given methadone.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2013
Police testified Tuesday that a Severn man, whose 5-year-old son lost consciousness last September after drinking methadone that the father acknowledged buying, waited more than an hour after the boy initially became ill to call for help because he "was scared. " The remark came as the trial of Paul K. Brooks Sr., 28, opened in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. Brooks is facing child abuse and related charges. Three other charges in the case were dropped last month. In opening statements, defense attorney Peter S. O'Neill conceded neglect and "poor judgment," but said Brooks was not guilty of child abuse.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | August 15, 2013
Citing reports of drug dealing, loitering, littering and other nuisances, Hampden merchants and a Baltimore City councilwoman are calling on the state to close a 3-year-old methadone clinic that overlooks The Avenue. "We want them shut down," City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke advocated, saying the drug abuse treatment clinic, Hampden Health Solutions at the Rail Inc., has been a constant source of complaints since it opened in 2010 at 3612 Falls Road, overlooking West 36th Street and within walking distance of several schools and the Roosevelt Park Recreation Center.
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By Deborah Agus | August 14, 2013
It is mid-morning on a recent Friday in West Baltimore, and there is a long line snaking down the street and around the corner. Why? Vendors are dispensing free heroin samples. In other areas of the city, buyers are risking arrest and drug contamination to illegally purchase buprenorphine. It is legal medication when given with a prescription. It is used to treat opioid addiction and facilitate recovery. So why buy it illegally? Not to get high as a substitute for heroin. They are using it to treat their heroin addiction.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
A grandmother has been charged with killing her 1-year-old grandson and injuring a granddaughter by rubbing methadone on their gums, Baltimore police say. Towanda Reaves, 50, was arrested Thursday and charged with murder and multiple assault charges. Both grandchildren were under the age of 2. Police say the investigation began July 5, when officers responded about 4:15 a.m to the 1900 block of N. Forest Park Ave. in Franklintown, where paramedics were trying to resuscitate Reaves' grandson.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
A Severn mother who, despite a poison center's admonition to get her son to a hospital immediately, waited until her child began having a seizure from sipping his father's methadone, was placed on three years' probation Friday. Kimberly Brooks, 28, feared a huge hospital bill and so waited to see if the condition of her five-year-old son, who had vomited, would improve - a decision that nearly cost the child his life last Sept. 4, Anne Arundel County prosecutor Sandra Howell told Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
The day after her ex-husband's funeral in January, Sabrina Lumpkin started calling every public official she could think of, trying to get someone to pay attention. Warren Lumpkin, 34, had died in a Southwest Baltimore house of heart complications related to using methadone, the prescription drug typically used to treat heroin addiction, according to an autopsy from the state medical examiner. But Sabrina Lumpkin said he had no such prescription - he took his roommate's methadone the night before he died.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2013
A Severn father was found guilty of child neglect on Wednesday, but was acquitted of the most serious charge facing him - child abuse - in a case that stemmed from his 5-year-old son losing consciousness after drinking methadone. In a bench trial, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner found Paul K. Brooks Sr., 28, guilty of seven charges, including drug possession, stemming from the September 2012 incident. Hackner said Brooks should have acted faster to get the child medical help when he began to get sick - but he noted that Brooks ultimately made the 911 call, according to a recording of the verdict.
NEWS
February 28, 1996
The mother of a 5-year-old girl who died Feb. 8 after drinking methadone was arrested at her West Baltimore home Monday night and charged yesterday with second-degree murder, police said.Jacquelyn Turner, 28, of the 900 block of Bennett Place had told police that her daughter had drunk a cupful of the drug the morning of Feb. 7, then complained of being sleepy. Police said the mother found the girl dead the next day.Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a city police spokesman, said earlier this month that the methadone had been bought illegally on the street, and that the mother knew the girl had ingested the drug, but authorities were not notified.
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By JUSTIN FENTON and JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER | February 16, 2006
A woman was ordered to serve five years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 16-month-old son, who ingested methadone given to him in a two-handled Mickey Mouse cup, the Harford County state's attorney said. Kelley Jean Briggs, 23, of Rosedale claimed responsibility for the toddler's death in December 2004, said Harford State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly. Briggs also had been facing second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse charges.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
A Severn couple already facing drug and weapons charges after rescue workers and police were called to their house for a report that their child accidentally took methadone are now also under indictment on child abuse and neglect counts. Paul Kristopher Brooks Sr., and his wife, Kimberly Brooks, both 28, are facing 12-count indictments, that include child abuse, firearms and drug charges, a spokeswoman for Anne Arundel County prosecutors said Friday. All charges stem from an incident Sept.
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