Baltimore City to Certify Hospitals Based on Opioid Care

“Levels of Care” initiative to categorize hospitals based on ability to treat opioid addiction and overdoses. The Baltimore City Health Department will certify and classify all 11 of the city’s acute care hospitals based on their ability to provide care for opioid addiction and overdoses. Certifications will be released by December 2018 based on standards … Continue reading Baltimore City to Certify Hospitals Based on Opioid Care

Queen Anne’s, Talbot Go Purple to Fight Opioid Abuse

The Queen Anne’s County Drug-Free Coalition, in partnership with the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners, the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, and other stakeholders is launching a new campaign to prevent opioid abuse. “QAC Goes Purple” is a substance abuse awareness program that will engage the community and youth to stand against substance abuse. “Talbot Goes Purple” is an … Continue reading Queen Anne’s, Talbot Go Purple to Fight Opioid Abuse

Frederick to Sue Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors

Frederick County and The City of Frederick will join many other states, county, and municipal jurisdictions in filing lawsuits against drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in the nationwide crisis. The lawsuits will be filed in the Federal District Court in Baltimore. According to a press release: “We need to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable … Continue reading Frederick to Sue Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors

Opioid Overdoses: What They Cost Counties

For every three fatal [opioid] overdoses, a local government’s public safety costs can increase by an average of 1 percent, or $150,000, according to research from the data platform OpenGov. – Governing. In a collaboration with OpenGov, Governing has drawn upon data from five states considered on the “front lines” of the opioid crisis – including Maryland – … Continue reading Opioid Overdoses: What They Cost Counties

Cigna Helps to Reduce Opioid Use by 25% One Year Early

Two years ago, Cigna (MACo Gold Corporate Partner) made a commitment to reduce the opioid use among their customers by 25 % by 2019. With the help of 1.1 million prescribing clinicians, Cigna has reached their goal one year early! Reducing customer use by a quarter brought the usage back down to pre-epidemic levels. Cigna’s … Continue reading Cigna Helps to Reduce Opioid Use by 25% One Year Early

Maryland Seeks Outside Counsel to Assist in Opioid Investigation

A Daily Record article (2018-05-15) reported that the Maryland Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has released a request for proposals (RFP) for an outside law firm to assist as special litigation counsel in the Office’s investigation of opioid manufacturers and distributors.  Maryland, like many other states, is facing a significant public health crisis caused by opioid … Continue reading Maryland Seeks Outside Counsel to Assist in Opioid Investigation

Anne Arundel Awarded Grant for Opioid Treatment and Food Programs

The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) has awarded $500,000 to the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency and $120,000 to the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. The grants, totaling $620,000 and covering a two-year period, will be used to expand the Safe Stations initiative and to create a food pantry in Brooklyn Park. The Annapolis Patch … Continue reading Anne Arundel Awarded Grant for Opioid Treatment and Food Programs

Feds to Grant Maryland $10M for Opioid Crisis

Maryland has been granted $10 million in federal funding to address the opioid crisis. The Baltimore Business Journal reports: The grant is part of $485 million in funding being awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services to all 50 states and four U.S. territories. The funding piggybacks off $10 million the state received last … Continue reading Feds to Grant Maryland $10M for Opioid Crisis

Opioid Update Featured in NACo Northeast Conference Call

NACo Northeast Regional Conference Call Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 8:00AM EST Dial-In:1-719-359-9722 Dial-In(toll free): 1-888-757-2790 Guest Passcode: 299194 AGENDA Welcome and Introductions Roll Call by State – Each state will be called and Elected County Officials will be given the opportunity to state their name and county. DC DE ME MA MD NH NJ NY PA WV  General Legislative/NACo Update: Deborah … Continue reading Opioid Update Featured in NACo Northeast Conference Call

Maryland Congressman Proposes Comprehensive Federal Opioid Crisis Funding

Proposed CARE Act Funding: $4B to states; $2.7B for hard hit local governments; $1.8B for research; $1B for expanded services; $500M for naloxone; and $400M for CDC. Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings in partnership with Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is planning to introduce the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act or CARE Act. Modeled after the 1990’s … Continue reading Maryland Congressman Proposes Comprehensive Federal Opioid Crisis Funding