AUGUST 17, 2016

CONTACT: Tim Zink, 410-962-4436/Sue Walitsky, 202-224-4524

Cardin on Eastern Shore to Discuss Opioid Addiction, Small Business Growth

TODAY, Wednesday, August 17, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), will be in Wicomico and Worcester Counties for events that highlight ongoing efforts to combat the statewide epidemic of addiction to opioids and promote small business growth.

Wednesday, August 17 at 10:00 AM, Senator Cardin will be joined in Salisbury, 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 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 opioid and heroin abuse.”

WHAT: Discussion on Maryland’s Opioid Addiction Epidemic

WHO: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

Medical and Behavioral Health Experts

Law Enforcement Officers

WHEN: Wednesday, August 17 at 10:00 AM

WHERE: Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Avery W. Hall Educational Center, 100 East Carroll Street, Salisbury, MD 21801 (Hall Ctr. located on hospital complex at corner of Vine St. and Waverly Dr.)

HOW: Media requested to RSVP to Tim Zink –

Wednesday, August 17 at 1:00 PM, Senator Cardin will host a roundtable discussion on the importance of small business success to Maryland’s economy. Senator Cardin and participants will underscore the contributions of small businesses to Maryland communities, discuss ways to expand profitability and fuel growth, and explore opportunities for local companies in the federal contracting arena.

“Small businesses are pillars of Maryland’s economy. I am dedicated to ensuring them ready access to the tools they need to thrive and a climate that fosters steady growth,” said Senator Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. “Maryland small businesses are uniquely poised for success, thanks to the presence of numerous federal agencies and an educated and well-trained workforce. I look forward to continuing my work for and with them to continually strengthen our local and state economies.”

WHAT: Roundtable Discussion on Small Business Success

WHO: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

Mike Dunn, President and CEO, Greater Salisbury Committee

Greater Salisbury Committee members

WHEN: Wednesday, August 17 at 1:00 PM

WHERE: The Greater Salisbury Committee

200 West Main St., Salisbury, MD 21801

HOW: Media requested to RSVP to Tim Zink –