Maryland Opiate Addiction Treatment

In the state of Maryland, opiate addiction continues to be a growing problem, especially in urbanized areas, such as Baltimore and Rockville. Opiates are powerful narcotics, such as codeine and morphine, which are obtained through the use of legal and illegally written prescriptions. Although heroin addiction continues to be a problem, the widespread availability of prescription drugs, both on the streets and through pharmacies, exacerbates the growth of this public health crisis.

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  • Opioid addiction recovery does not happen overnight, but with patience, resolve, and professional care, a person can put an end to their opioid abuse.
  • According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment for addiction “does not need to be voluntary” in order to be effective. The family members of an addict or the criminal justice system can create sanctions or enticements that will require an individual to seek treatment, and this can be just as effective as when a person voluntarily seeks care.
  • Opioid withdrawal is not usually life threatening, but those who attempt to go through it without professional care can experience severe and painful symptoms that feel similar to a very bad case of the flu.
  • Opioid addicts may lie to themselves or their loved one’s in order to avoid seeking treatment. It is important to recognize these forms of denial for what they are and to seek care for yourself or a loved one when necessary.
  • Many people believe it is more expensive to seek treatment for an opioid addiction than to merely continue using. However, according to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, a heroin addiction can cost a person as much as $200 a day.


  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdose deaths in Maryland increased by 4.8 percent between 2014 and 2015. Though this number is not statistically significant, the opioid abuse problem in the state is still substantial.
  • In 2015, 86 percent of all overdose deaths in Maryland were caused by opioids, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
  • As stated in a 2014-2015 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 0.88 percent of individuals 12 and older in Maryland admitted to heroin abuse in the past year. This is higher than the national average (NIDA).
  • Heroin-related deaths have skyrocketed between the years of 2007 and 2015. According to data from the MDHMH, in 2011, there were fewer than 300 heroin deaths in the state, but by 2015, these incidents had risen to over 750.


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