There always seems to be a lot of news in Baltimore on the subject of heroin addiction. Whether it’s the relaying of recent tragedies within the news or celebrations of lawmakers changing things for the better, Charm City is often in the spotlight when it comes to this particular addiction. Fortunately, there has been a deal of good news lately that is helping to turn the local stigma around.
Harford County and Baltimore Face Heroin Addiction
Where previous efforts were all aimed toward “fighting” heroin abuse, there has recently been “a shifting public health strategy.” People in Baltimore have long since realized that there is a crisis in the city, but they haven’t yet been able to pin down how best to combat it.
One way that is being attempted is to provide both clean, new needles and Narcan kits for patients. Though it may seem counter-intuitive to provide these people with the drug, it’s meant to be more of a safety and prevention strategy than anything. This way, those who are still in the throes of addiction have a less dangerous experience with the drug. The city’s “health commissioner… hopes to open a ‘stabilization’ center where addicts can be taken to sober up and get referrals to treatment and other services.”
Those with heroin addictions were once either thrown into jail or left to overdose on the street. Now, they’ll soon be aided in sobering up in a healthy environment, and in the meantime, they can help others to keep them from overdosing. There have already been reports that overdose fatalities are decreasing at least partially as a result of this program.
In Harford County, there have been similar problems to Baltimore City. This part of Maryland has had a particularly difficult time facing heroin addiction and its effects for years. The problem there has been described as an “epidemic,” which is telling of the amount of damage that it has done thus far. Officials have discusses many times how to approach the issue, but between funding difficulties and the general state of U.S. healthcare, it isn’t easy.
Unfortunately, it’s even more complicated with the added issue of recent opioid addictions, which often then lead to heroin addictions. It’s difficult to make legal decisions when it’s currently nearly impossible to determine who is responsible for over-prescribing pain medication, but the other end of things is to outlaw these prescriptions altogether, which isn’t an option for those with severe chronic pain.
Perhaps the most important point emphasized at a recent “round table” event was that “we can’t arrest our way out of the heroin epidemic.” There need to be better methods of going at this issue that are primarily focused on health, safety, recovery, and rehabilitation and people are realizing this more and more every day. At the very least, it’s a step in the right direction: a sign that officials and citizens alike recognize the dire situation that we face and acknowledge that something needs to change.
If someone you care about is struggling with a heroin addiction, then get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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