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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.

The OOCC’s Vision and Mission

Vision: The Opioid Operational Command Center’s vision is that Maryland will be a healthier place where no one else falls prey to substance misuse, where anyone impacted by substance use disorder can access the health services they need, and where there is no more suffering from the misuse of substances. 

Mission: Under the guidance of the Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council, the OOCC will
pursue the following mission elements to make our vision a reality:

  • Develop the Inter-Agency Opioid Coordination Plan;
  • Coordinate the opioid-related efforts of approximately 20 state agencies, our
    community partners, and all 24 local jurisdictions throughout the state;
  • Identify “promising practices” that can be implemented throughout Maryland;
  • Assess gaps in statewide and local efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and work to fill
    those gaps;
  • Facilitate communications and collect relevant data;
  • Provide financial support to assist local jurisdictions, state agencies, and community
    organizations to advance their efforts to combat the opioid crisis; and
  • Evaluate all opioid-related legislation and opioid crisis-related budget proposals

Opioid Operational Command Center 2019 Annual Report
Opioid Operational Command Center 2019 Third Quarter Report
Opioid Operational Command Center 2019 Second Quarter Report
Opioid Operational Command Center 2019 First Quarter Report

 

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