Official State Recognition of Overdose Awareness Day Requested by MACo

On March 10, 2022, Associate Policy Director D’Paul Nibber testified before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee in support of SB 100 – General Provisions – Commemorative Days – Overdose Awareness. This bill requires the Governor annually to proclaim August 31 as Overdose Awareness Day.

From the MACo testimony

Our counties, who operate at the frontlines of the opioid epidemic, have used International Overdose Awareness Day to bring renewed focus to the work that must be done to save lives. For example, Baltimore City coordinates an anti-stigma campaign to coincide with the day. Similarly, in 2021, Harford County spread stories of recovery, treatment resources, and recovery events over social media. Howard County provided training on how to administer naloxone, a life-saving medication capable of reversing opioid overdoses.

MACo will be testifying on the bill’s crossfile, HB 319, on March 15, 2022.

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