ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today released the following statement on the enactment of the federal Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which was signed by the President today and includes a range of measures aimed at fighting the heroin and opioid crisis, including the STOP Act and reauthorization of State Opioid Response (SOR) Grants:

“Here in Maryland, Lt. Governor Rutherford and I, and our entire administration, have been fighting the heroin and opioid crisis for the past four years through a balanced approach of education and prevention, enforcement, and treatment and recovery efforts to save Marylanders’ lives,” said Governor Hogan. “This increased federal support is vital to our efforts. Nearly 70 percent of all overdose deaths last year involved illicit fentanyl, and the passage of the STOP Act is an important step in addressing the flow of these deadly synthetic drugs into our communities. It has never been more critical to close the loophole for traffickers and stop dangerous synthetic drugs like illicit fentanyl from coming into our state and our country.”

Governor Hogan delivered his first and only testimony before Congress to date in March 2018 to advocate for increased federal support for states fighting the scourge of opioid addiction. The governor specifically testified in favor of the STOP Act to aid in the interdiction of illicit fentanyl coming in from overseas. The Hogan administration has committed over half a billion dollars in funding to fighting the crisis, including $40 million in new funding announced in June. Under Governor Hogan, Maryland became the first state in the country to declare a full State of Emergency in response to the crisis on March 1, 2017.

More information on the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 can be found here.