Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan spoke about the actions the state has made in combating the opioid crisis in his address to the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) concluding the association’s summer conference Saturday morning.
This summer’s MACo conference discussed a number of issues, including job growth and economic development opportunities in Maryland, but the opioid crisis was a focal point for the event as well as the governor’s closing statements.
Speaking on the rising number of deaths from heroin and related opioids in the state, Gov. Hogan said it requires a community effort to combat the problem.
“As we continue to fight against the growing heroin and opioid crisis which has overwhelmed counties and communities and torn apart families across the nation, we’re going to need each and every one of you to get together and help us with this fight,” he said.
According to the association’s website, the Maryland Association of Counties “is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that serves Maryland’s counties by articulating the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly.” It is based in Annapolis.
Addressing the local, state and community members gathered, Hogan said that in March Maryland became the first state in the nation to declare the opioid crisis a “state of emergency.”
“I delegated emergency powers to county emergency management officials and fast-tracked coordination among state and local agencies while committing $50 million in funding to combat this growing crisis,” he said.