Opioid Prescriptions Down 22 Percent In Maryland Since 2017, Governor Hogan Says

Governor Hogan announced a decline in opioid prescriptions. Hogan said prescriptions are down 22 percent since 2017. The report said nearly 20 percent fewer patients received opioids. The Hogan Administration committed more than $1 billion to combat the opioid epidemic. (WJZ)

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A New GBMC Unit In Towson Is Designed Just For Victims Of Sexual Abuse, Trauma

Inside the Greater Baltimore Medical Center is a new space designed specifically for victims of sexual abuse and trauma. “We want that patient to feel that they are safe and protected here.” said Laura Clary. Clary, forensic nurse examiner and clinical program manager for the safe and domestic violence program, said the new 2,500 square foot unit includes two exam rooms and one interview room for investigators to speak with patients. (WJZ)

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Montgomery County is taking its battle against opioids on the road

Montgomery County is rolling out a new tool to fight the opioid epidemic. It’s called the COPE (Community Opioid Prevention and Education) trailer. When you step inside, it looks like you’re walking into a bedroom and a bathroom. In a department video tour of the trailer, Montgomery County Police Acting Captain Lt. David McBain said it shows a lot of things that look normal in someone’s room, but that may be an indicator of a drug problem. (WTOP)

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Salisbury police evidence facility may be compromised. Large-scale investigation underway

The integrity of the facility that holds evidence in criminal cases for the Salisbury Police Department may have been compromised, officials say, pointing to possible theft by an employee. Since Monday, Feb. 10, prosecutors have worked to disclose that information to every defendant whose case was charged or involved evidence held by the Salisbury Police between April 22, 1997, and Feb. 7, 2020, a Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office news release shows. (Delmarva)

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Metro safety audit shows a lack of checks, records and rules

The new safety commission overseeing Metrorail found several problems with how Metro maintains its tracks, including a failure to consistently check for heat-related buckling and kinks that could lead to derailments. The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission gave Metro 45 days to come up with a plan to fix the 16 safety flaws cited in the commission’s track audit, released Thursday. Many of the flaws involved record-keeping and a lack of clear and uniform procedures. (Wash. Post)

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Commissioner Harrison, Baltimore police union spar over recording of officers during training sessions

A squabble over the recording of Baltimore police officers during training sessions — and whether it improves outcomes or stifles honest learning — played out this week between Commissioner Michael Harrison and the union that represents rank-and-file officers, further exposing their frayed relationship at a time of great violence in the city. (Balt. Sun)

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Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa Released From Prison, In Community Custody

Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa is out of federal prison. He’s now in what’s known as community custody, a facility for inmates getting ready to re-enter society. De Sousa was appointed as Baltimore Police Commissioner back in January 2018 by then-mayor Catherine Pugh. (WJZ)

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Where will Redskins build new stadium? Early signs point to current FedEx site.

The Redskins and D.C. leaders for years have hoped to return the team to the city by building a new home at the site of RFK Stadium, where fans once enjoyed a golden era. Now that possibility appears as distant as the memory of Redskins Super Bowl victories. (Wash. Post)

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