Heroin overdose rise prompts Maryland crackdown

July 13, 2014 2:24 PM

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland’s historic capital is known for sailing and shopping, a place where people eat seafood at waterside restaurants. It’s not a place that city police considered a destination for people looking to buy heroin - at least, not until recently.

An increase in heroin-related deaths has been described by federal officials as an urgent health crisis around the country, and Maryland is seeing the drug’s scourge in new ways.

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