Leonardtown, MD — St. Mary’s County has dealt with 140 opioid overdoses so far this year.
But they aren’t the only Maryland county facing this crisis. Governor Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency to battle the opioid crisis.
Troopers on patrol across all 23 state police barracks are equipped and trained to administer Narcan, which can rapidly save a person’s life during an opioid overdose.
But that’s not the only problem facing law enforcement. Between 2011-2015, an average of 160 impaired-driving fatalities were reported annually in Maryland.
To help bring attention to these issues, the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack unveiled a pair of signs. Health officials and other community leaders joined State Police on Thursday for an unveiling ceremony.
One side of the sign will track St. Mary’s County fatal, and alcohol-related crashes and DUI arrests. The other side of the sign will track St. Mary’s County’s heroin/opioid overdoses handled by law enforcement, lives lost to overdoses, and lives saved by Narcan. The signs will be updated the beginning of each month and will reflect year-to-date running totals.
The signs were sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates (MHAA), Maryland Health Department – St. Mary’s County, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The signs were made and installed by Wayne’s Sign & Engraving, Inc.
Anyone who may be experiencing a crisis to contact the Crisis Hotline at 1-800-422-0009 or the website: BeforeItsTooLate.maryland.org for prevention, treatment and recovery. For Narcan Training or help, call, 301-475-4330.