Feds Award Maryland $39 Million to Fund Fight Against Opioids

Federal funding awarded to Maryland will be used to increase access to medication-assisted treatment and to fund community health centers, academic institutions, and rural organizations that are providing treatment services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded over $1 billion dollars in opioid crisis funding this week with Maryland receiving $39.1 million of that … Continue reading Feds Award Maryland $39 Million to Fund Fight Against Opioids

Aetna Brings Opioid Alternatives to the Forefront

Exparel — now covered through Aetna’s dental program as part of their comprehensive opioid crisis efforts — provides a non-addictive, one-time injection pain relief alternative.  Aetna has launched a DocFind platform for its members to help them find providers that offer opioid alternatives for surgeries. One of those alternatives, Exparel, is now covered in Aetna’s … Continue reading Aetna Brings Opioid Alternatives to the Forefront

Justice Department Directed to Sue Opioid Companies

President Trump has directed Attorney General Sessions to sue opioid companies for their contribution to the epidemic sweeping the nation. The Wall Street Journal reports: In a cabinet meeting Thursday at the White House, Mr. Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to bring a “major lawsuit” against drug companies that “are really sending opioids at a … Continue reading Justice Department Directed to Sue Opioid Companies

Conduit Street Podcast: Maryland’s Opioid Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally are joined by MACo’s Legislative Director, Natasha Mehu, to discuss Maryland’s opioid crisis. Listen in to learn how the heroin and opioid epidemic was born, innovative state and local efforts to battle heroin and opioid misuse and abuse, and the resources necessary to … Continue reading Conduit Street Podcast: Maryland’s Opioid Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

GOCCP Awards Grants to Help Counties Track Opioid Activity

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) has announced funding awards for the Heroin Coordinator Grant Program. In this latest round, 16 jurisdictions were funded a total of nearly $900,000 to hire and support qualified law enforcement professionals to serve as heroin coordinators. GOCCP has awarded more than $1.6 million since the program … Continue reading GOCCP Awards Grants to Help Counties Track Opioid Activity

NACo Launches Opioid Action Center; Releases New Video

Video highlights counties role in fighting the opioid epidemic; resource center shares updates and analysis of congressional actions. NACo has launched an Opioid Epidemic Resource Center to provide counties with helpful and timely information regarding the opioid crisis. The site includes a legislative analysis and summary of the over 60+ House and Senate opioid bills introduced … Continue reading NACo Launches Opioid Action Center; Releases New Video

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