Want to Know More About The Opioid Crisis? Submit Your Questions Now

MACo is now accepting questions for the 2019 Winter Conference Opioid Roundtable.  At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference roundtable, “Foundation of the Future: The County Role in Combatting the Opioid Crisis”, Steve Schuh, Executive Director of the Opioid Operational Command Center, will be ready to answer them. But you don't have to wait! Submit questions in advance to make sure they get answered at the conference session. Don't miss this opportunity! Please send your questions…

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Inmate Healthcare: Sorting Fact from Fiction

Learn more about the complex web of inmate healthcare and advocacy efforts to improve the delivery of services and make more efficient use of limited resources on a federal and local level at the MACo Winter Conference session, "Inmate Healthcare: Sorting Fact from Fiction." Title: Inmate Healthcare: Sorting Fact from Fiction Description: Federal law requires counties to provide adequate health care to inmates….a task easier said than done. Many inmates enter the system with chronic…

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Sun Surveys the 5G Small Cell Battleground in Maryland

As the advancement of 5G wireless looms on the horizon the consternation over the deployment of the small cell facilities necessary for the new technology continues. The Baltimore Sun reports on the crux of the issues between the wireless industry and local governments. Some reporting from the perspective of the wireless industry: Wireless companies say that in the short term, small cell facilities will relieve congestion on the current 4G networks. And they eventually will be…

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Frederick Secures Company for Broadband Feasibility Study

Frederick County has contracted with CTC Technology and Energy to complete a countywide broadband feasibility study. The Frederick News-Post reports: According to the contract between the county and CTC, the technology consulting firm will produce a written report that addresses the following, among other areas: Current and future needs of broadband service, based on county demographics. Estimate of any possible project costs and timelines. Any current providers and where current technology exists. How much stakeholders…

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Baltimore County Council Approves ‘HOME Act’

The Baltimore County Council has approved the 'HOME Act" which prohibits landlords from engaging in source of income discrimination. Under the act, landlords cannot refuse to rent to someone solely because of their source of income which includes federal housing vouchers or other public assistance. They are still able to review rental applicants' criminal history, credit, as well as rental history as part of the vetting process. The Baltimore Sun reports:  County Executive Johnny Olszewski…

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Project Provides Dental Services to Western Maryland Residents in Recovery

A new project launched by the Maryland Area Health Education Center West (AHEC West) aims to tackle two problems facing counties in Western Maryland -- the impacts of the opioid crisis and access to dental care. As reported in ADA News: With a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission, AHEC West’s project seeks to expand existing oral health care services by enlisting partner agencies and providers to treat patients who are…

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“Stayin’ Alive” – Learn to Save a Life with Overdose and CPR Training

MACo’s Winter Conference will offer an interactive training session on hands-only CPR and administering Naloxone. “Stayin’ Alive” - Learn to Save a Life with Naloxone Training for Opioid Overdoses and Hands-Only CPR Receive in-person, hands-on training and certification in recognizing and responding to opioid overdose with Naloxone. This prescription medication can safely and effectively reverse an opioid overdose. Participants will receive a certificate and a kit containing educational materials and the medication. Participants will also…

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Sun Calls for State to Ban Flavored Vapes

The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board has offered support for calls to ban flavored e-cigarettes as a means of stemming youth vaping. Among other supporting arguments, the editorial pulls from research findings that additives in flavored e-cigarettes have been used by manufacturers to make them "more 'palatable.'" From the Sun Editorial: We think the time is right as gains made in smoking prevention have been threatened by the growing popularity in e-cigarettes, which aren’t as highly…

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Olszewski Issues Executive Order to Study Traffic Stop Racial Disparities

In response to concerning data regarding the frequency of traffic stops of black and minority motorists in the county, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. has issued an executive order forming a workgroup to study the disparities and release a report on their findings by August 2020. The Baltimore Sun reports: The workgroup will be reviewing the county’s police data, rules regarding police stops and the training and supervision officers receive. The team will also…

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‘The Daily’ Deep Dives into Vaping

The Daily podcast has released a two-part series on vaping charting the course of how the death of a man in Nebraska and the rise of Juul has led to an eye-opening look at the health impacts of vaping. Part 1: "The Promise and Perils of Vaping: A Mystery in Nebraska" Part 2: "The Promise and Perils of Vaping: The Story of Juul" The Daily is a New York Times podcast hosted by Michael Barbaro.…

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