Drug overdoses have become a serious public health challenge in Maryland and across the country.

 

In Maryland, the total number of overdose deaths has risen steadily since 2010, mainly due to the increase in heroin-related deaths.  According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as it has become more difficult and expensive to obtain prescription opioids, people have switched to cheaper and more accessible heroin. To address these concerns and save the lives of Marylanders, in January of 2013 Governor Martin O’Malley set a goal to reduce overdose deaths by 20% by the end of 2015.

 

Maryland’s state agencies have engaged in comprehensive, cross-agency efforts to reduce opioid overdose deaths. These efforts include educating the public and implementing new medical practices.

 

Governor Hogan, Lt. Governor Rutherford Establish

Maryland Heroin And Opioid Task Force And Coordinating Council

 

On February 24, 2015, Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford announced the establishment of both the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force and a separate Inter-Agency Coordinating Council. Both groups will work and support efforts to address Maryland’s growing heroin and opioid crisis. “For far too long, state and local agencies have worked in silos with little communication and less coordination,” said Governor Hogan. “The purpose of the inter-agency council and task force is to connect the dots of prevention, treatment, and recovery and maximize our resources and expertise to come up with real solutions to save and restore lives.”

 

The Allegany County Health Department, Behavioral Health Services will oversee these efforts in Allegany County under the Prescribe Change Allegany County Program.

 

Prescribe Change Allegany County’s mission is to create awareness and educate the citizens of Allegany County, Maryland about the growing crisis of opioid prescription drugs, and heroin misuse and abuse in our community.

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MISSION

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Chris Delaney

Program Director, PREVENTION

Allegany County Health Department

Behavioral Health

Brook Building

12503 Willowbrook Road, S.E.

P.O. Box 1745

Cumberland, MD 21501-1745

 

P. 301-759-5050

 

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Rebecca Meyers

Program Director, ADDICTIONS

Allegany County Health Department

Behavioral Health

Brook Building

12503 Willowbrook Road, S.E.

P.O. Box 1745

Cumberland, MD 21501-1745

 

P. 301-759-5050

 

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SPONSORED BY THE ALLEGANY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT,

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

Prescribe Change Allegany County

Allegany County Health Department

12501-12503 Willowbrook Road

PO Box 1745

Cumberland, Maryland 21501-1745

(301) 759-5050