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What is Before It’s Too Late?

Before It’s Too Late is the statewide effort to bring awareness to the rapid escalation of the heroin, opioid, and fentanyl crisis in Maryland–and to mobilize all available resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery before it’s too late …

Why was an Executive Order issued and what does it do?

Governor Larry Hogan signed an Executive Order on March 1, 2017, declaring a State of Emergency in response to the heroin, opioid, and fentanyl crisis ravaging communities in Maryland. This declaration activates the Governor’s emergency management authority and enables increased and more rapid coordination between state agencies and local jurisdictions.

Governor Hogan, along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, also announced $50 million in new funding to address the crisis, as well as the appointment of the Governor’s senior emergency management advisor Clay Stamp to lead the state’s coordinated effort to combat the crisis.

The State of Emergency declaration is a result of the initial findings of the Opioid Operational Command Center established by the administration in January to facilitate greater collaboration among state agencies, including health and human services, education, and public safety entities.

What is the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center?

The Opioid Operational Command Center facilitates collaboration between state and local public health, human services, education, and public safety entities to reduce the harmful impacts of opioid addiction on Maryland communities.

  • What does it do?
    Combat the heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland through education, prevention, treatment, interdiction, and recovery.
  • Why?
    Residents of all ages, races, genders, and areas across the state are affected by heroin and opioid misuse. State and local health and human services, education, and public safety officials are working together to develop community-based programs and services to combat this public health crisis.

By working together in the Opioid Operational Command Center, agencies can share data, information, and ideas, for how to combat this epidemic. Together, we can reduce the harmful impact of opioid addiction on Maryland communities, and continue Changing Maryland for the Better.