Governor Hogan Participates in Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit

Governor Larry Hogan joined District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to discuss the heroin and opioid epidemic at the Regional Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit on Tuesday.

The conference, organized by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, gathered hundreds of policymakers, public health and safety professionals to confront the substance abuse problem, according to a news release.

“Our goal today is to shine a spotlight on the heroin and opioid crisis in our region and to bring a heightened level of awareness to this rapidly escalating threat, which is tearing apart families, devastating communities, and killing more and more people every day,” Governor Hogan released in a statement.

Hogan, along with Bowser and McAuliffe, signed a regional compact agreeing to work together to combat opioid and substance abuse in the area. In 2015, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), reported more than 52,000 deaths from drug overdoses nationwide.

In response to the crisis, Hogan signed an executive order earlier this year declaring a State of Emergency to activate the state’s management authority.   Hogan also announced $50 million in new funding to address the crisis.

“Ultimately, this is about saving lives, that is the bottom line and it will take a collaborative, holistic approach to achieve that,” Hogan said. “Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia will continue to be united as we work together to turn the tide in this deadly fight.”

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