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Federal opioid task force visits Johns Hopkins to learn about stemming epidemic

The Baltimore Sun

March 5, 2019

 

Those with a substance use disorder have a hard time getting treatment without insurance, which they can’t get without ID that often requires a lost birth certificate.

Even if they can access treatment, they sometimes can’t focus on their recovery if they don’t have a place to live, are hungry or suffer other mental and chronic health conditions.

Some may have disappointed themselves by failing at treatment before, but they can’t stop craving heroin that they suspect is laced with the far more powerful, and often deadly, fentanyl. No one may have provided them with the overdose treatment naloxone.

These are some of the interlocking issues related to the nation’s opioid epidemic that a group of freshmen congressmen, led by Maryland Democratic Rep. David Trone, sought to understand as they toured the Johns Hopkins University’s research and treatment facilities on Tuesday.

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