Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford joined with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dennis Schrader, Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention Executive Director Glenn Fueston, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, Anne Arundel State’s Attorney Wes Adams, and Anne Arundel Medical Center President Victoria Bayless at the Anne Arundel Medical Center to announce the administration’s 2017 Heroin and Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement Initiative, a multi-pronged and sweeping administrative and legislative effort to continue addressing Maryland’s evolving opioid and heroin epidemic. The administration’s 2017 Heroin and Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement Initiative includes the creation of a statewide Opioid Operational Command Center to assist in breaking down governmental silos and to aid in the coordination of federal, state, and local resources. During the 2017 legislative session, Governor Hogan worked with the Maryland General Assembly to pass legislation to toughen penalties for those dealing fentanyl, place limits on opioid prescriptions, and expand access to life-saving Naloxone. In 2018, Governor Hogan signed into law legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic into law, including the Overdose Data Reporting Act and the Controlled Dangerous Substances – Volume Dealers Act.
State Agency Partners:
- Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention
- Maryland Department of Health
- Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
- Maryland Emergency Management Agency
- Maryland State Police
- Maryland State Department of Education
- Department of Human Services
- Department of Juvenile Services
- Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
- Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
- Maryland Higher Education Commission
- Maryland Insurance Administration
- Office of the Attorney General
Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council
Governor Larry Hogan created the council through executive order in February 2015. It meets on a quarterly basis to share information from across Maryland state agencies to better coordinate the state’s response to fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic.
Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordination Plan Building on the Task Force recommendations and the Governor’s primary initiative areas of prevention, enforcement, and treatment, the Opioid Operational Command Center has coordinated with its partner agencies to develop and implement the Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordination Plan.