New online resource center helps fight opioid addiction

Fighting addiction online

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A new online site is the latest tool to help in the battle against opioid addiction in Maryland.

The Addiction Policy Forum launched the site Thursday.  It takes people through the science behind the disorder, guides concerned individuals through a validated self-assessment tool, and helps to develop an action plan.

The site also helps direct those in need to treatment facilities in their area.

"When it hits your family it's very isolating.  It feels a little like you're drowning and you don't know where to go to for help.  So we want to fundamentally change the information and the resources that available to families and communities when this crisis hits so they can get the right resources right away and not be taken advantage of," said Jessica Hulsey Nickel, CEO of Addiction Policy Forum.

Maryland is part of a group of four states nationwide to launch the site, which will be rolled across the country this year.

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