Overdose Prevention

On March 1, 2017, Governor Larry Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2017.02 declaring a State of Emergency in response to the heroin, opioid, and fentanyl crisis ravaging communities in Maryland and across the country. This declaration activates the governor’s emergency management authority and enables increased and more rapid coordination between the state and local jurisdictions. The governor, 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. Read the Full Press Release

CDC Prescribing Guidelines

In March 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") released guidelines that contain recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

Non-Opioid Treatments for Chronic Pain

Learn more at the CDC website


Resources

The Department of Health has implemented several initiatives related to overdose prevention.

Visit Before it's too Late MD's Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Gov. Larry Hogan joined actor Michael Kelly to film a Public Service Announcement raising awareness of the heroin and opioid epidemic in Maryland.

    Published March 2, 2017