MEDIA ADVISORY: ‘GOVERNING FOR RESULTS’ SERIES TO HIGHLIGHT THE STATE’S OVERDOSE PREVENTION GOAL

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‘GOVERNING FOR RESULTS’ SERIES TO HIGHLIGHT THE STATE’S OVERDOSE PREVENTION GOAL

Governor O’Malley, state officials to release new data

ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 24, 2014) – As part of the ‘Governing for Results’ series, Governor Martin O’Malley will join Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Major James Pyles, Maryland State Police; and several other state and local officials to share new data and discuss the state’s efforts to drive down overdose deaths in Maryland

The ‘Governing for Results’ series focuses on Maryland’s progress in achieving measurable improvements in the areas of opportunity (jobs and schools), sustainability, public safety and public health. The events will focus on strategies and efforts the State is using to achieve the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s 16 goals.

Addressing overdose is one of Governor O’Malley’s core goals for improving the health of Maryland citizens. Overdose deaths represent one of the most serious public health challenges facing the state and the nation. In 2013, there were more overdose deaths than motor vehicle accidents in the State. As one of the strategies to address the overdose epidemic, Governor O’Malley signed an Executive Order establishing the Overdose Prevention Council. The Council will advise and assist in establishing a coordinated effort among multiple State agencies to reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal overdoses in Maryland.

WHAT: ‘GOVERNING FOR RESULTS’ SERIES TO HIGHLIGHT THE STATE’S OVERDOSE PREVENTION GOAL

WHEN: THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WHERE: ANNAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT, 199 TAYLOR AVENUE, ANNAPOLIS, MD 21401