MAT to the Max: Opioid Treatment in Local Jails

During the 2019 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill to create a statewide system of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders throughout local jails. In addition to bringing uniformity to the administration of this treatment, this legislation commits the State to fund screenings, evaluations, and treatments for inmates in county facilities. Learn more about the new program from the jails that are first in line to implement it and medical providers that partner…

Comments Off on MAT to the Max: Opioid Treatment in Local Jails
New Tools for Tracking and Treating Opioid and Mental Health Crises

Overdose data compiled and released by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) showed some declines in overdose deaths in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018. The data is encouraging. Private and public partners continue to work towards stemming the opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, similar efforts are in full force to address mental health issues in our communities. Learn more about what new tools are…

Comments Off on New Tools for Tracking and Treating Opioid and Mental Health Crises
University Awarded Federal Funds to Help Train Rural Doctors

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded The University of Maryland School of Medicine $750,000 to train doctors through rural residency programs. The Baltimore Sun reports: The money, announced Thursday at the Baltimore school, comes from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. It’s part of a $20 million award that will be made over a three-year period to develop rural residency programs across the country. Maryland’s medical school was among programs in…

Comments Off on University Awarded Federal Funds to Help Train Rural Doctors
Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Awards $5 Million in Tourism Grants

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority has awarded $5 million in matching grants to 109 programs run by nonprofits, local governments, other organizations, to support heritage tourism projects and activities in the state's 13 certified heritage areas. Each county in the state contains at least a portion of an MHAA certified heritage area and a number of counties were awarded funds. An article in The Bay Net reports on the awards to projects in St. Mary's County…

Comments Off on Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Awards $5 Million in Tourism Grants
City’s Police Commissioner Releases New Crime Reduction Plan

Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison has released a new Crime Reduction Strategy and a new 5-year strategic vision Crime Reduction and Departmental Transformation Plan for the City's police force. From the Crime Reduction Strategy: This crime reduction strategy outlines the mission, guiding principles, performance goals, and plans Baltimore Police Department (BPD) will use to effectuate sustainable reductions in violent crime in Baltimore. This preliminary strategy represents the first step in a continuous process that will enhance…

Comments Off on City’s Police Commissioner Releases New Crime Reduction Plan
Howard County Seeking Healthier Vending Machines

Howard County has opened bidding for new healthy vending machines in county buildings. As Maryland Matters reports the vending machines must include at least 75% healthy options: Drinks will include water, fruit and vegetable juices, and non-fat and low-fat milk. Snacks will include no trans-fat, no more than 200 calories per package, and less than 35 percent of calories from fat. The article notes it was the first opportunity for vending contract renewals since 2015 when…

Comments Off on Howard County Seeking Healthier Vending Machines
DEA Data: U.S. Saturated with 76 Billion Opioid Pills Over Nearly a Decade’s Time

Newly released Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) data shows how between 2006 and 2012 drug companies manufactured and distributed more than 76 billion opioid pills across the country. The DEA's Automation of Reports and Consolidated Order System (ARCOS) follows the path of each pill from the manufacturer to the local pharmacy and includes detailed information such as drug codes, DEA registration numbers, seller and buyer contact, transaction dates, and dosages of the drugs. The Washington Post's investigative…

Comments Off on DEA Data: U.S. Saturated with 76 Billion Opioid Pills Over Nearly a Decade’s Time
Overdoses Continue to Drop in Anne Arundel

Compared to 2018 Anne Arundel County has seen a 25% drop in opioid overdoses so far this year. The drop is attributed to the efforts the county has made on multiple fronts. From The Baltimore Sun: An incorporation of cross agency collaboration from offering trainings on Narcan, using Safe Stations, removing drugs from the community, and distributing fentanyl strips all contribute to the decrease of overdoses that occur in the county, said Jennifer Corbin, director…

Comments Off on Overdoses Continue to Drop in Anne Arundel
Maker of Suboxone Reaches Largest Settlement Yet Related to Opioid Crisis

The maker of Subxone is the latest pharmaceutical company to settle rather than face trial for alleged. The company will pay $1.4 billion to the U.S  government to settle -- the largest opioid-related settlement to date. From The Hill: Reckitt Benckiser Group, the manufacturer of Suboxone, a treatment for opioid addiction, agreed to the settlement to end criminal and civil probes into the business, but it denied any wrongdoing. The Department of Justice (DOJ) said…

Comments Off on Maker of Suboxone Reaches Largest Settlement Yet Related to Opioid Crisis
Women and Children are Dying. What are We Doing About It?

        The percentage of women and their babies dying before during and shortly after child birth is rising at disturbing rates particularly among minorities. Why is this happening? What is being done to change course? Learn more at the MACo Summer Conference session, "Women and Children are Dying. What are We Doing About It?" Title: Women and Children are Dying. What are We Doing About It? Description: Maternal and infant deaths are…

Comments Off on Women and Children are Dying. What are We Doing About It?
Close Menu