$40 million for fighting addiction in Maryland
Posted: Jun 12, 2018 6:05 PM
(Annapolis, Md) - Maryland will spend an additional $40 million to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic.
Maryland's Opioid Operational Command Center, the Maryland Department of Health, and the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention made the announcement Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
Governor Larry Hogan said, "Over the past year, we have seen our state and local partners escalate efforts to combat the heroin and opioid crisis. Now, it's critical that we continue our fight, and this continued funding supports our drive to do just that." "This is about saving lives - and it will take all of us working together to turn the tide of this epidemic."
The funding for Fiscal Year 2019 includes $29.4 million from the Hogan-Rutherford administration, $10 million from the federal 21st Century Cures Act, and $1.2 million from the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention.
The Maryland Department of Health was awarded a $20 million grant under the 21st Century Cures Act from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to be used for the prevention and treatment of opioid abuse over two years - FY 2019 is the second year of funding. The funds from the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention will be used to continue the collaboration and coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement.
Maryland's opioid crisis is evolving and so is the state's response to it, which includes addressing the epidemic from every possible angle. Education and prevention go hand-in-hand with treatment and recovery, and enforcement and all are essential components of the state's efforts to turn the tide in this heroin and opioid crisis.