During his time as governor-elect, Larry Hogan said one of his first acts as governor would be to address the heroin epidemic that’s spreading in Maryland (and nationwide) with a State of Emergency. He spent his first acts rolling back Chesapeake Bay pollution regulations and taking gender identity out of a pair of statutes. However, other officials in the Baltimore area have been paying attention to heroin. Here’s a look at three things that are happening that speak to the problem, and they aren’t all in Baltimore City:
- Perhaps setting the table for Hogan, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh declared a public health emergency targeting the eradication of heroin use. “By declaring this county in the midst of a heroin public health emergency, our county departments can shift their resources to address this mounting crisis,” Schuh said. The feds have already declared their own similar state of emergency as overdose deaths have risen, and continue to cut across demographic groups.
- Tonight, the Baltimore County Health Department is offering a two hour training course on how to respond to overdoses at the English Consul Volunteer Fire Department. The session will offer information about naloxone, which is now available in nasal spray and can be used to reverse an overdose.
- Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is now available for prescription at Walgreens, CVS and Safeway locations across the state. Health experts believe providing access to the drug – which is now available in nasal spray – can greatly reduce heroin deaths. “It was recently shared with DHMH that a 19-year-old Baltimore woman filled a prescription for Naloxone at her local pharmacy after witnessing a loved one die from an overdose. She used the medication when a 24-year-old was overdosing in her neighborhood, and someone knocked on her door asking for help. Her administration of Naloxone saved their life,” the state health department said in announcing the partnership.
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