FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 6, 2016

CONTACT: Tim Zink, 410-962-4436

 

Cardin in Harford County to Discuss Opioid Addiction Epidemic

 

Roundtable with law enforcement, public health officials to explore local challenges in confronting epidemic of opioid, heroin addiction

 

Monday, June 6 at 12:30 PM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will be joined in Edgewood, Md., by local medical and behavioral health practitioners and law enforcement officials for a discussion on the growing statewide epidemic of addiction to opioids. Senator Cardin and participants will discuss the many ways in which addiction takes root, along with exploring approaches to treatment and the prevention of future cases of addiction. 

“The epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction is a public health crisis that hurts every state in our country, and every region of Maryland. Some 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 opioid and heroin abuse.”

 

WHAT:          Roundtable Discussion on Opioid Addiction Epidemic

 

WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

                        Jeffrey R. Gahler, Sheriff, Harford County

                        Medical and Behavioral Health Practitioners

                        Law Enforcement Officers

 

WHEN:          Monday, June 6 at 12:30 PM

 

WHERE:        Harford County Sheriff’s Office Southern Precinct, 1305 Pulaski Highway, Edgewood, MD

 

HOW:            Media requested to RSVP to Tim Zink – tim_zink@cardin.senate.gov