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

Effective Communication Critical in the Opioid Crisis

MACo Legislative Fellow Zach Hands testified in support of Senate Bill 1083, “Public Health – Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – Revisions”, before the Senate Finance Committee on March 20, 2018. This bill would require, as opposed to authorize, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to review and identify possible abuse and misuse of the prescription … Continue reading Effective Communication Critical in the Opioid Crisis

First in the Fight: Counties Continue Battle Against the Opioid Epidemic

Counties led the fight to protect “first responders” administering emergency anti-overdose medications, and support this year’s proposed refinements that continue to fill in gaps. The number of opioid overdoses has steadily skyrocketed in all corners of the state over the past five years, and State and local officials have sought any and all solutions to … Continue reading First in the Fight: Counties Continue Battle Against the Opioid Epidemic

Hogan Urges Congress for More Opioid Funding

Governor Hogan testified in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for nearly two hours to urge for more federal funding and assistance to help states fight the opioid crisis. The Baltimore Sun reports: Hogan, who was joined at the hearing by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, also called on Congress to … Continue reading Hogan Urges Congress for More Opioid Funding

FBI Honors St. Mary’s Health Officer for Opioid Crisis Efforts

St. Mary’s County and the FBI have announced that the Baltimore Field Office of the FBI has awarded St. Mary’s County Health Officer, Dr. Meenakshi G. Brewster, MD, the 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA). The DCLA award was created in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating … Continue reading FBI Honors St. Mary’s Health Officer for Opioid Crisis Efforts