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Unpacking the Heroin Task Force's interim report

Unpacking the Heroin Task Force's interim report

Five years after addiction treatment officially became "medical treatment" under federal policy, more Marylanders are dying from heroin overdoses than ever, and the state still does not track treatment outcomes adequately. This according to the "interim" report from the "Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force" released yesterday by Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford. It made the news all over the state, but the stories tended to focus on the $800,000 going to the one state-operated residential treatment center on the Eastern Shore, and on the fact that Rutherford spoke approvingly of the "Just Say No" type drug-awareness campaigns of the 1980s. The...

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