Rising Above Addiction featured in Baltimore Style Magazine

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Thank you Baltimore Style Magazine for sharing my story and for bringing awareness to the opioid epidemic.

Written by Erica Rimlinger…

Local parents, hospitals and agencies find ways to fight the nation’s opioid problem.

We know the stats are grim: Between 1999 and 2010, the quantity of prescription opioids sold to U.S. pharmacies, hospitals and doctors’ offices nearly quadrupled, according to the Atlanta- based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That includes drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone.

Patients who have used prescription opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to abuse or be dependent on heroin, CDC researchers say. And every day, 91 Americans die from opioid overdose, according to the agency.

By now, many of us know a face behind those sad numbers. But we may not realize the full extent of the problem, and too few of us know how to help. CLICK TO CONTINUE READING…