Maryland Public Television (MPT) and over two dozen other local TV and radio stations will air a new program called BREAKING HEROIN’S GRIP: ROAD TO RECOVERY on Saturday, February 11 at 7 p.m. The program was produced in association with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Behavioral Health Administration (BHA).
The program focuses on the struggles and recovery efforts of three Maryland residents, in rural and urban settings, dealing with opioid addictions. The documentary portion will last 40 minutes and will be followed by a 20 minute live phone bank staffed by crisis hotline staff who will provide callers with information on treatment.
The program was arranged with broadcast and print media as part of an effort to bring localized coverage of the opioid epidemic. Maryland is among many states with surging numbers of fatal overdoses largely from opioids, which include prescription painkillers and heroin.
The Behavioral Health Administration has also released a series of PSAs that address stigma, the Good Samaritan Law and naloxone. Please feel free to share these on websites, through social media or via email.