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Breaking Heroin’s Grip airs February 11

Breaking Heroin's Grip: Road to Recovery is a one-hour television event including a 40-minute documentary featuring first-hand accounts of our region's heroin epidemic, plus a 20-minute live phone bank program offering viewers expert information about treatment that aired February 11. It is produced by Maryland Public Television in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Experts from Maryland’s 24-hour crisis hotline, overseen by Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration, staffed the phone bank. The program was simulcast by numerous broadcasters (TV, radio, and web) in Maryland, as well as in surrounding states. Jeff Salkin, anchor, Maryland Public Television, hosted.

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officials reported strong call volumes among their crisis hotline partners the weekend of February 11. Five call centers across the state handled 218 calls Saturday and Sunday.  For context, Community Crisis Services (covering Prince George's, Charles, St. Mary's and Calvert counties) typically would have two calls per weekend -- they had 52 this past weekend. Additionally, Mental Health Association of Frederick had seven calls over the weekend -- they usually average one per weekend.

Participating members' coverage includes:

Andrews Gazette, MPT special addresses state's opioid abuse problem, VA addresses own fight

Baltimore Style, New Documentary Tackles Regional Opiate Crisis

The Baltimore Sun / Capital Gazette, Public television to air documentary highlighting opioid addiction

Calvert Recorder / The Enterprise, Calvert woman to be featured in heroin addiction documentary Saturday

Carroll County Times:  State's Attorney's Office launches Major Opioid Initiative

Catholic Review:  The Least of These: Church helps fight opioid addiction

Cecil Guardian, Breaking Heroin’s Grip: Road to Recovery

The Chestertown Spy, Recovery: Maryland Public TV to Air ‘Breaking Heroin’s Grip’ February 11

Cumberland Times-News, Breaking Heroin’s Grip

Current, MPT film on opioid addiction to air regionally on commercial stations

Cumberland TImes-News:  CUMBERLAND’S HEROIN EPIDEMIC: Allegany County treatment option to be first in state

Hagerstown Herald-Mail: Heroin hits home: Family deaths push Hagerstown man to heroin — then recovery

Hagerstown Daily-Mail, Heroin hits home: Grieving mother warns others of drug dangers

Hagerstown Daily-Mail, Md. Public TV reaches out with heroin broadcast (part six of eight-part series on opioid crisis in the newspaper’s readership area)

Maryland Independent / The Star Democrat / Calvert Recorder / The Independent, Trying to break heroin's grip (editorial)

Salisbury Independent:  Heroin: ‘This could happen to anybody’

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