FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 23, 2016, 2016
CONTACT: Tim Zink, 410-962-4436/Sue Walitsky, 202-224-4524
 
Cardin to Discuss New Opportunities for 3-D Manufacturing, Confronting Prescription Opioid and Heroin Addiction Epidemic
 
Friday, September 23, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), will be in Cecil and Harford counties to discuss ways to confront Maryland’s surging statewide prescription opioid and heroin addiction epidemic and also to promote Maryland’s high-tech, Additive Manufacturing businesses, which build 3-D objects by adding layer upon layer of material.  
Friday, September 23 at 9:30 AM, Senator Cardin will be joined in Perryville, Md., by local substance use disorder and behavioral health specialists, medical providers and law enforcement officials for a discussion on the growing statewide prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. Senator Cardin and participants will discuss how substance use disorders begin and what communities and government can do to prevent prescription opioid use and expand access to treatment.
“The prescription opioid and heroin epidemic is a public health crisis that hurts every state in our country, and every region of Maryland. Some rural parts of our state have the highest per capita rates of heroin and opioid drug use in the United States,” said Senator Cardin. “Facing this challenge goes beyond law enforcement and must include treatment centers, prevention, addressing overdoses and providing support for those in or seeking recovery. A comprehensive approach requires the federal government work as an active partner with our states and localities, providing adequate resources to address the existing and emerging trends in prescription opioid abuse and heroin use.”
WHAT:          Discussion on Maryland’s Opioid Addiction Epidemic
 
WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
                        Medical and Behavioral Health Experts
                        Law Enforcement Officers
 
WHEN:          Friday, September 23 at 9:30 AM
 
WHERE:        Perryville Library Meeting Room, 500 Coudon Boulevard, Perryville, MD 21903
 
HOW:            Media requested to RSVP to Tim Zink – tim_zink@cardin.senate.gov
Friday, September 23 at 11:00 AM, Senator Cardin will host a roundtable discussion in Abingdon, Md., to explore the growing importance of the rapidly expanding, high-tech Additive Manufacturing sector to Maryland’s economy. Senator Cardin and participants will underscore the contributions of local 3-D printing, design and engineering firms to Maryland businesses, communities and military installations, while spotlighting potential opportunities for expanded profitability in the future.  
“Additive Manufacturing companies are innovators by nature. I am dedicated to ensuring them ready access to the tools they need to thrive and a business climate that fosters steady growth,” said Senator Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. “Maryland’s Additive Manufacturing companies are well-positioned to benefit from a unique proximity to numerous federal agencies and a highly educated and well-trained workforce. They provide quality jobs in the STEM fields and are helping to fuel Maryland’s thriving innovation economy.” 
WHAT:          Roundtable Discussion on Manufacturing
 
WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
                        Regional Additive Manufacturing Partnership of Maryland
 
WHEN:          Friday, September 23 at 11:00 AM
 
WHERE:        D. Wheatley Enterprises, 1362 Brass Mill Road, Abingdon, MD 21017
 
HOW:            Media requested to RSVP to Tim Zink – tim_zink@cardin.senate.gov

 

Sen. Benjamin Cardin