New, deadly developments in Anne Arundel opioid crisis

By Alex Mann An elephant tranquilizer has started showing up in Anne Arundel County drug overdoses. Tests on two fatal overdoses in the county last month revealed the drug’s presence, which complicates the county’s severe opioid epidemic by further endangering addicts and first responders. Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid used in veterinary practices to sedate large mammals like elephants and rhinos, is approximately 10,000 times more … Continue reading New, deadly developments in Anne Arundel opioid crisis

Beneath the scars: Kyle’s story, part one

By Alex Mann To protect the reputation of the subject, his family and friends, this article uses pseudonyms. This article also contains explicit language. After drinking a fifth of Jameson Irish Whiskey, at least 12 Coors Lights, popping a handful of 5 milligram Percocet and crushing and snorting a 30-milligram Roxicet, Kyle loaded “one big ol’ round” into his .44 magnum. Kyle crushed the beer … Continue reading Beneath the scars: Kyle’s story, part one

New plan for resurgent heroin epidemic

By Alex Mann  This article kicks off a Beltway Bulletin series showing the human side of the opioid epidemic. Beneath each set of eye-popping statistics and combative policy proposals, there is a series of stories of the people who experienced the epidemic first hand, one way or another. Beneath each scar is a story.  Gov. Larry Hogan has unveiled a plan to combat a resurgent heroin … Continue reading New plan for resurgent heroin epidemic

Hogan unveils student debt and tuition relief plan

By Alex Mann On Jan. 10 Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced an initiative to relieve student debt and invest in projects at various colleges and universities around the state. “Having a college education is more important now than ever before,” Gov. Hogan said in a press release, “but the harsh reality many face today is that earning a college degree often goes hand-in-hand with accumulating … Continue reading Hogan unveils student debt and tuition relief plan