On March 1, Governor Larry Hogan signed an Executive Order 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.
“We need to treat this crisis the exact same way we would treat any other state emergency. With this continuing threat increasing at such an alarming rate, we must allow for rapid coordination with our state and local emergency teams,” said Governor Hogan. “We must cut through the red tape so that we are empowering the important work being done in our many state agencies and at the local level all across our state. This is about taking an all-hands-on-deck approach so that together we can save the lives of thousands of Marylanders.”
|Gov. Hogan's Announcement||Before it's too late|
|St. Mary's County Sheriff||St. Mary's County Board of Education||MedStar St. Mary's Hospital||St. Mary's County Health Department|
|Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene||Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center Overview||Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force Final Report|
|Breaking Heroin's Grip - Road to Recovery|