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Governor-Elect Hogan Plans State of Emergency to Tackle Heroin Problem

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 EASTON, Md.- Larry Hogan joined comptroller Peter Franchot on his annual eastern shore shopping trip.  One thing on many people's minds though, the governor-elect's stance on heroin.

"I knew we had a serious problem, but when we went to Caroline county, or St. Mary's county, or Washington county and they said our number one problem is heroin, I knew it was something we had to pay attention to," said Hogan.

So he looked further into the issue.

"I talked with not only law enforcement and corrections officials, who said that 60 percent of their jails were heroin related, they were full of cases that were heroin related.  That most of the crime that was being committed was heroin related, and then I talked to emergency room providers and they were telling me about overdoses every day."

He says Maryland is one of the last states on the east coast to declare an emergency, even though he believes we have the worst problem.  The goal of the declaration is to find answers.

"We're just going to shine more of a light on it and see if we can't bring the smartest minds in the state with respect to drug rehab folks and treatment," said Hogan.

And police agencies here on the mid-shore are happy to help.

"I think with the plans that they are coming forward with and the input they are going to seek from the other stakeholders in law enforcement, I think we're going to come up with a good comprehensive plan that is going to enable everybody in the state of Maryland to attack this epidemic of heroin abuse," said Dorchester County Sheriff James Phillips.

Boyd Rutherford, Hogan's lieutenant governor, will lead the task force.


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