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Propose a plan of attack for awareness against the of opioid abuse in Annapolis

according to —Requires state agencies to develop a plan to boost substance abuse treatment, including medication-assisted treatment in prisons and jails.
(Photo: Algerina Perna)Maryland lawmakers outlined on Friday the proposals they brought together into two measures to help fight the epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse.
Here is a look at the Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE) and Treatment Act:—Creates at least 10 crisis treatment centers with clinical staff.
Larry Hogan’s supplemental budget, announced Thursday, which includes $10 million for a panel to develop evidence-based strategies aimed at preventing and treating the opioid crisis.
Local legislators will head back to the Maryland State House in Annapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 11, for the start of the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly.

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Implements Opioid abuse awareness program

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT)–The Carteret County Health Department now has its own program to fight Opioid abuse.
To do so, it teamed up with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.
“Patients need to have an understanding of the potential negatives of this type of medication, prescribers need to have honest conversations with their patients and it has to be a two way street,” Sheriff Asa Buck said.
Jenkins said the department is also looking at installing billboards to raise additional prescription safety awareness.
The department received a $9,000 grant last July from the North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention Branch.

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according to Among female veterans, opioids were also tied to a nearly eight-times-higher risk of suicide, while amphetamines and stimulants were tied to almost six times the risk.
While drug and alcohol problems are associated with a higher risk of suicide among veterans, the increased danger is particularly high with opioid abuse, a U.S. study suggests.
Differences between men and women diminished, and only alcohol and opioid misuse remained associated with an elevated suicide risk for female veterans.
The suicide risk is particularly high when veterans misuse prescription sedatives, with more than quadrupled odds of suicide for men and more than 11 times the risk for women, the study also found.
For female veterans with substance use disorders, the odds of death from suicide are almost six times higher.

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