Enacting Bipartisan Opioid Prevention & Treatment

  • Start Talking Maryland: This bipartisan bill requires the State school board to enact an opioid addiction and prevention policy, by coordinating with local health departments. $3.0 million in grants are provided for public service announcements and training for school health personnel. Public colleges and universities are also required to have overdose-reversing drugs available for campus police and implement an education and prevention program for incoming students.
  • Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE) and Treatment Act of 2017: To combat the growing heroin and opioid epidemic in Maryland, the HOPE Act increases funding for behavioral health community providers; expands grants for drug court programs and a statewide toll-free crisis hotline; requires the State Health Department to establish crisis treatment centers across the State, as well as requires hospitals to establish a protocol for overdose patients.