Preventing Opioid Use and Abuse

Drug and alcohol addiction in Maryland is a serious problem with devastating impacts on families and communities--and related fatalities on the rise. The Hogan Administration's statewide focus on addressing heroin and opioid abuse includes a coordinated, statewide public education initiative to help students and parents identify and respond to signs of addiction and to access support services.

The Maryland State Department of Education is proud to collaborate with other state agencies on this effort, which includes original student-lead outreach campaigns that will be unveiled over the next several months.

"Breaking Heroin's Grip: Road to Recovery" follows the lives of three Maryland individuals through their often painful journeys as they recove from heroin and opioid addiction. The documentary was produced by Maryland Public Television in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

  • A total of 1,259 drug- and alcohol-related intoxication deaths occurred in Maryland in 2015--a 21% increase over the number of deaths in 2014 and nearly double the number recorded in 2010

  • Intoxication deaths have been increasing among all age groups, but are increasing most rapidly among individuals 55 years of age and above

  • 86% of all intoxication deaths that occurred in Maryland in 2014 were opioid-related. Opioid-related deaths included deaths related to heroin, prescription opioids, and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl.

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FBI Video: Chasing the Dragon


Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict
In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have released "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict," a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction.