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

Protecting First Responders is Crucial in Opioid Epidemic Battle

House Bill 924 would extend immunity protections to first responders and EMS personnel treating an individual for an opioid overdose, or what they believe is an opioid overdose. Administering naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, in multiple doses is sometimes necessary when an individual has overdosed on a particularly potent analog of an opioid (such as … Continue reading Protecting First Responders is Crucial in Opioid Epidemic Battle

More Data Gives Counties a Clearer Picture of the Opioid Crisis

A bill authorizing law enforcement officers to report information related to an overdose within 24 hours of responding to the incident is a potential aid to county efforts to obtain reliable data concerning opioid overdoses in each jurisdiction. MACo Legislative Director Natasha Mehu appeared before the House Health and Government Operations Committee on February 13, … Continue reading More Data Gives Counties a Clearer Picture of the Opioid Crisis

Costs of Opioid Epidemic High but Hard to Quantify

Maryland residents among those most impacted by the costs of the crisis. When it comes to the opioid epidemic, some costs are easier to quantify than others leaving the full scope of impact open to estimation. Governing reports on the national and local efforts to tie a full dollar figure to the impacts of the … Continue reading Costs of Opioid Epidemic High but Hard to Quantify

Conduit Street Podcast: #FixtheFund, Opioid Litigation, Wave of HUR Bills, Local Aid Intrigue, and more!

Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a plan to amend the state constitution to ensure that taxes on casino revenues set aside for education are used to supplement, not supplant state funding for public schools. Also this week, Baltimore City became the latest jurisdiction to announce plans to file lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, doctors, and so-called … Continue reading Conduit Street Podcast: #FixtheFund, Opioid Litigation, Wave of HUR Bills, Local Aid Intrigue, and more!

City Files Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors and Local Doctors

Baltimore City has become the latest Maryland jurisdiction to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in creating the opioid crisis. The Baltimore Sun reports: In announcing the lawsuit, filed in Baltimore Circuit Court, City Solicitor Andre Davis said he would personally be part of the team handling the case. Davis, a former federal … Continue reading City Files Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors and Local Doctors

Briefings Focus on Opioids, Behavioral Health, PDMP and More

The Senate Finance Committee heard a full afternoon of  briefings focused on behavioral health issues. Representatives from the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) briefed the committee on their progress in addressing the opioid crisis. MDH was represented by Chief Operating Officer Dennis Schrader and Deputy Secretary of Behavioral … Continue reading Briefings Focus on Opioids, Behavioral Health, PDMP and More

Baltimore County to Sue Opioid Companies and Distributors

Baltimore County has joined the ranks of counties within the state and nationwide suing pharmaceutical drug manufacturers and distributors for their role contributing to the nation’s opioid crisis. The suit, filed in federal court, seeks monetary damages. A county news release states: “The opioid crisis has led to a significant increase of overdoses from heroin … Continue reading Baltimore County to Sue Opioid Companies and Distributors