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    DHMH Secretary Van Mitchell announces first meeting of state agencies drug task force
    Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council part of Md. push against overdoses
    BALTIMORE – (March 18, 2015) – Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Van Mitchell announced the first meeting of the Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council today.  Governor Larry Hogan established the Council and the separate Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force by Executive Order on February 24, 2015. Both groups will work and support efforts to address Maryland’s growing heroin and opioid crisis.
    The Council includes multiple state agencies and will provide the opportunity to share data for the purpose of supporting public health and public safety responses to the heroin and opioid crisis. It will also serve to develop recommendations for policy, regulations, and legislation to facilitate improved sharing of public health and public safety information among State agencies.
    The Council will include the following agencies:
    • Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Chair)
    • Maryland State Police
    • Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
    • Department of Juvenile Services
    • Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System
    • State Department of Education
    • Governor’s Office of Crime, Control and Prevention
    • Other state agencies at the request of the Chair
    The Council will meet on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am.  Individuals interested in participating in the meeting can do so by dialing: (712) 432-1212; Meeting ID: 629-765-318. Information on the Council can be found on the Department’s website at http://bha.dhmh.maryland.gov/OVERDOSE_PREVENTION/SitePages/interagency-heroin-council.aspx.