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Official: State Needs Support To Fight Opioid Crisis

September 1st, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The state government is in the midst of rolling out a multifaceted, statewide strategy to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic, but one of the biggest difficulties can be getting communities to buy in, according to the man leading the effort.

Tapped by Gov. Larry Hogan to serve as opioid emergency response coordinator last spring, Clay Stamp is a longtime emergency services professional.

But Stamp said he has been struck by "how very different this crisis is."

"It's tearing our communities apart wherever I go in Maryland," he said. "You can't logically reason why it's happening, and why we can't seem to affect it."

Stamp gave a status report on the state's efforts to western Maryland legislators gathered Thursday at Beaver Creek Country Club. Lawmakers from Washington, Frederick, Allegany and Garrett counties attended.

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