Mary­land to re­ceive $66 mil­lion to fight opi­oid epi­demic

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Mar yland’s Opi­oid Op­er­a­tional Com­mand Cen­ter and the Mary­land De­part­ment of Health an­nounce more than $66 mil­lion in fund­ing from the Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (SAMHSA) to sup­port ef­forts to fight the heroin and opi­oid epi­demic.

Over the next two fed­eral fis­cal years, Mary­land will re­ceive an ad­di­tional $66.2 mil­lion through the State Opi­oid Re­sponse (SOR) grant, which sup­ports a com­pre­hen­sive re­sponse to the opi­oid epi­demic and ex­pand ac­cess to treat­ment and re­cov­ery sup­port ser vices.

“In Mary­land we are fight­ing the heroin and opi­oid cri­sis with an all-hands-on-deck ap­proach that in­cludes pre­ven­tion, treat­ment, and en­force­ment, and this fund­ing will sup­port our ef­forts,” said Gov­er­nor Larry Hogan. “Com­bat­ing this cri­sis re­quires ev­ery level of gov­ern­ment to work to­gether with com­mu­ni­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions across our state, and fed­eral sup­port is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent as we work to turn the tide of this epi­demic.”

“Com­bat­ing Mar yland’s opi­oid epi­demic and sup­port­ing the re­cov­ery of those who have over­come an ad­dic­tion to drugs or al­co­hol con­tin­ues to be a top pri­or­ity for our state,” said Mary­land De­part­ment of Health Sec­re­tary Robert R. Neall “The projects that will be sup­ported through this grant will not only fur­ther our state’s col­lab­o­ra­tive re­sponse ef­fort to com­bat this epi­demic, but im­prove ac­cess to treat­ment for those who need it most.”

Fund­ing will be used to sup­port the fol­low­ing in Mary­land:

• Ex­pan­sion of statewide 24/7 cri­sis treat­ment ser­vices

• Nalox­one dis­tri­bu­tion to lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tions

• Lo­cal out­reach and sup­port

• Pub­lic aware­ness cam­paigns

• Ex­pan­sion of stu­dent as­sis­tance pro­gram

• Ado­les­cent ed­u­ca­tion and

treat­ment sup­port ser­vices

• Ex­pan­sion of Screen­ing, Brief-In­ter ven­tion, and Re­fer­ral to Treat­ment (SBIRT) to lo­cal emer­gency de­part­ments, ob­stet­rics/gy­ne­col­ogy prac­tices, and schooland uni­ver­sity/col­lege-based health cen­ters

• Med­i­ca­tion as­sisted treat­ment (MAT) ex­pan­sion and sup­port

• Re­cov­ery sup­port ser­vices, such as hous­ing for young adults, home­less, and veter­ans “All of these ef­forts are crit­i­cal to fight­ing the opi­oid cri­sis,” said Clay Stamp, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Opi­oid Op­er­a­tional Com­mand Cen­ter. “With this ad­di­tional fund­ing for ini­tia­tives like con­tin­u­ing nalox­one dis­tri­bu­tion to our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and ex­pand­ing cri­sis ser vices, we are meet­ing those with sub­stance use dis­or­der where they are.”

Be­fore It’s Too Late is the state’s ef­fort to bring aware­ness to this epi­demic—and to mo­bi­lize re­sources for ef­fec­tive pre­ven­tion, treat­ment, and re­cov­ery. Mary­lan­ders grap­pling with a sub­stance use dis­or­der can find help at Be­foreIt­sTooLateMD.org or by call­ing 211 and press­ing 1. Ad­di­tional sup­port is avail­able through MDCri­sisCon­nect.org, which has in­for­ma­tion on both text and chat fea­tures.

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