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Maryland recognizes international overdose awareness day

Posted at 11:47 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 23:47:28-04

Wednesday was overdose awareness day. Anne Arundel County executive Steve Schuh participated in a candlelight vigil in Glen Burnie to raise awareness of opioid and heroin addiction in the county. 

"We continue to work to educate as many of our citizens as we can as to the dangers of opioid addiction," said Schuh. "This vigil gives our community an opportunity to remember those we have lost to this horrible scourge."

RELATED: Baltimore attacking overdose epidemic

Heroin and opioid addiction has been a public health crisis across Maryland. 

Wednesday a 17-year-old girl from Harford County lost her battle with addiction. Her death marks the county's 19th fatal overdose this year and the 182nd overdose overall.

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