Governor Hogan, Lt. Governor Rutherford Announce 2017 Heroin and Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement Initiative.
Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford joined with key stakeholders on January 24, 2017, to announce the administration’s 2017 Heroin and Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement Initiative, a multi-pronged and sweeping administrative and legislative effort to continue addressing Maryland’s ongoing opioid and heroin epidemic.
Prescription pain medications & heroin overdoses have become an epidemic in Maryland and across the country.
On March 1, 2017, Governor Larry Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2017.02 declaring a State of Emergency in response to the heroin, opioid, and fentanyl crisis ravaging communities in Maryland and across the country. This declaration activates the governor’s emergency management authority and enables increased and more rapid coordination between the state and local jurisdictions. The governor, along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, also announced $50 million in new funding to address the crisis, as well as the appointment of the governor’s senior emergency management advisor Clay Stamp to lead the state’s coordinated effort to combat the crisis.
The Behavioral Health Services at the Allegany County Health Department manages the jurisdiction’s Opioid Misuse Prevention Program Grant which provides funding for strategies to address the opioid crisis in Allegany County. This includes the coordination of the Opioid Overdose & Prevention Taskforce and the local Overdose Fatality Review Team. These teams are comprised of multi-disciplinary agencies that work closely in partnership to implement comprehensive county wide initiatives.
Prescribe Change Allegany County’s mission is to create awareness and educate the citizens of Allegany County, Maryland about the growing crisis of opioid prescription drugs, and heroin misuse and abuse in our community.
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