Counties Confront Substance Abuse: What’s Now, What’s New, and What’s Next

Drug abuse and addiction is a major problem that affects each of our 23 counties and Baltimore City. Heroin and drug misuse continue to be threats to the lives and livelihood of county citizens.

At this year’s MACo Summer Conference, you can learn about the latest in the fight against drug misuse and addiction from a panel of experts in the public health field.

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Title: Counties Confront Substance Abuse: What’s Now, What’s New, and What’s Next

Description: Our communities continue to grapple with drug abuse and addiction. As the heroin and opioid crisis persists and emerging threats arise, local governments dig through data and search for solutions to treat those in need and to educate others in the hopes of preventing them from succumbing to addiction. In this session, get up-to-date information on what is happening across the state as counties share the latest statistics, effective programs, and innovative proposals for addressing drug abuse.


  • Pamela B. Creekmur, RN, Health Officer, Prince George’s County Health Department
  • Lori Brewster, MS, APRN/BC, LCADC, Health Officer, Wicomico County Health Department
  • Laurence Polsky, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Calvert County Health Department
  • Rebecca Hogamier, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Washington County


  • The Honorable Steve Schuh, Anne Arundel County Executive

Date/Time: Friday, August 19, 2016; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The MACo summer conference will be held August 17-20, 2016 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City Maryland. This year the conference’s theme is “Cyber Solutions: Counties in the Digital Age.”

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