Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh has been chosen to serve on a national joint task force comprised of city and county leaders to address the nation’s opioid and heroin abuse crisis.
The task force is a concerted effort of The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities (NLC).
As announced in a NACo press release:
“Counties and cities work together in communities every day to address some of our most pressing challenges. One of those challenges is the opioid and heroin abuse crisis that has reached epidemic proportions,” said NACo President Sallie Clark. “Addressing this issue is a top priority for local leaders because we see firsthand the devastating effects of prescription drug abuse and heroin use every day. Drawing on the expertise of county and city leaders, this task force will focus on achieving results on the ground and strengthening health, safety and security in our neighborhoods.”…
- Co-Chair – Judge/Executive Gary Moore, Boone County, Ky.
- Commissioner Matt Bell, Weber County, Utah
- Commissioner Doug Corcoran, Ross County, Ohio
- County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, Erie County, Pa.
- Dr. Vidya Kora, commissioner, LaPorte County, Ind.
- Commissioner Waymon Mumford, Florence County, S.C.
- Supervisor Leticia Perez, Kern County, Calif.
- County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Erie County, N.Y.
- Commissioner Greg Puckett, Mercer County, W.Va.
- County Executive Steve Schuh, Anne Arundel County, Md.
- Commissioner Judy Shiprack, Multnomah County, Ore.
- Ex-Officio: NACo President Sallie Clark, commissioner, El Paso County, Colo.
The task force will take the following actions:
- Conduct at least two national dialogues where city and county elected leaders will explore the comprehensive issues related to this crisis, growing trends and proven responses;
- Develop educational opportunities for counties and cities through special forums, educational workshops, webinars and other opportunities; and
- Publish a national summary report of city-county collaboration, focusing on community prevention and overdose response, effective treatment options, public safety enforcement and supply reduction.