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Centers for Disease Control

CDC provides new funds to battle the opioid overdose epidemic

By Press Release, September 19, 2018

To address the opioid overdose epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is increasing support to states, territories, tribes, and non-governmental organizations working to prevent opioid-related overdoses, deaths, and other outcomes. CDC has awarded $155 million in new funding to states and four U.S. territories to advance the understanding of the opioid overdose epidemic and to scale-up prevention and response activities, including improving the timeliness and quality of surveillance data.


Capital Gazette

Bayhawks president: Stadium wouldn't displace addiction, crisis treatment centers

By Phil Davis, February 19, 2018

The president of the Chesapeake Bayhawks said he would reject any deal with state officials that would displace any treatment centers at the old Crownsville Hospital Center.

Mark Burdett, president of the Chesapeake Sports and Entertainment Group, which owns the Major League Lacrosse team, said he would turn down any proposal that would include kicking out the Pascal Crisis Stabilization Center, the Gaudenzia addiction treatment center or the Hope House detox and addiction treatment center.


Office of Governor Larry Hogan

Hogan-Rutherford Administration Announces 2018 Anti-Opioid Initiatives

Directs Attorney General to File Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers; Announces Plans to Convert Former City Jail into a Secure Treatment Facility, Enhance Data Sharing Among First Responders, Strengthen Volume Dealer Law to Include Fentanyl

By Press Release, January 23, 2018

Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today unveiled a series of executive actions and proposed legislation to continue the administration’s aggressive fight against the heroin and opioid crisis.


Capital Gazette

At opioid roundtable, Anne Arundel lawmakers look for solutions

By Chase Cook, January 23, 2018

County Executive Steve Schuh wants the General Assembly to make it easier for law enforcement to pursue and punish doctors who over prescribe opioid medication.

Topics ranged from Fentanyl’s deathly influence to the benefits of the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which has made it easier to track people who seek too many opioid prescriptions.


Capital Gazette

Anne Arundel fund helps people transition into addiction treatment

By Phil Davis, January 15, 2018

Anne Arundel County has created a small fund to help those seeking treatment for their addiction to opioids and other drugs avoid missing out because of short-term insurance issues.

Adrienne Mickler, executive director of the county Mental Health Agency, said the county has allocated $43,000 toward helping people in need of treatment but with questions about health insurance.


Capital Gazette

State stalls on opioid treatment funding for Anne Arundel County

By Phil Davis, September 17, 2017

Katherine Bonincontri hired five additional staff members to help meet the county’s growing opioid treatment needs. She is hoping for state funding to help underwrite increased staffing costs.

The founder of the Pascal Crisis Stabilization Center is still waiting from word from the state if money will be channeled through the county to the Crownsville nonprofit, despite the fact the state told counties to be ready to implement new or expanded programs potentially funded by the grant by Sept. 1.


Washington Post

In Md. county ravaged by drug addiction, fire and police stations open their doors

By Rachel Siegel, September 4, 2017

It starts, usually, with the ringing of a fire station doorbell. Someone new has come for help — maybe a parent with a struggling teenager or an adult who has realized his life is being unraveled by drug addiction.

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, firefighters and police officers at stations in Anne Arundel County are ready to assess people addicted to opioids and set in motion a broader coalition that can get them quickly into drug treatment, whether or not they have money to pay.


Capital Gazette

Anne Arundel's "safe stations" gain momentum, prompting change

By Phil Davis, August 26, 2017

The "safe stations" initiative in Anne Arundel County has taken off off over the past month, offering opioid addiction help to 45 people over the last three weeks.

At 15 people a week, according to Anne Arundel police, its popularity is well beyond what county officials expected.

The program — which turned police and fire departments into veritable safe havens for those addicted to drugs looking for help — originally launched with the expectation that its capacity would be about five people per week.