Heroin Toll

Trying to prevent heroin deaths one shot at a time – New program trains addicts, their families, police in using overdose-reversing drug,” By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun, September 6, 2014

“Robert Taylor Jr., and Camille Haviland thought they were being safe — within the bounds of their dangerous heroin habit, that is. Having bought from a new dealer, Taylor tried just one capsule instead of his usual three or four. Haviland left on an errand; when she returned 15 minutes later, she found him collapsed on the ground, bluish and not breathing. She started CPR. When paramedics arrived, they injected Taylor with the overdose-reversing drug, naloxone. “At the time, I would have liked to have had this,” Haviland said recently after she and Taylor were trained and certified to administer the drug themselves. “I’ve had a lot of friends die because people just left them.”
Maryland health officials, desperate to stem an 88 percent rise in heroin overdose deaths from 2011 to 2013, have launched an initiative to put naloxone into the hands of addicts, their families, police and other nonmedical personnel…

Heroin in particular is taking a toll: Of the 848 people in Maryland who died of drug or alcohol intoxication last year, 464 overdosed on heroin. The grim trend continues this year: In the first three months, the most recent for which statistics are available, 148 of the 252 who died had used heroin.”

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/sun-investigates/bs-md-heroin-narcan-naloxone-20140906,0,4274589.story#ixzz3Cqf5CnXq

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