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Fentanyl's Deadly Advance

Mary Rose Madden

The latest statewide numbers show a slight drop in fatal overdoses, but deaths are still being driven by opioids--not heroin but fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid often laced into heroin.

WYPR reporter Mary Rose Madden looks at how Baltimore is grappling with the opioid epidemic in her series, “In the Hole”. Listen to her reporting here.

And addiction medicine specialist Dr. Yngvild Olsen describes how medication can help someone get off illicit drugs. She is co-author of "The Opioid Epidemic: What Everyone Needs to Know". 

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.