On February 16, 2022, Deputy Director of Policy D’Paul Nibber testified before the House Health and Government Operations Committee at Support of HB 408 – Statewide Targeted Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act of 2022. This bill requires community service programs to provide free naloxone to people with or at risk of opioid use disorder. a drug overdose.
According to MACo’s testimony:
Many county operators of community services ranging from rehabilitation programs to shelters recognize the effectiveness of naloxone and keep it regularly on hand when providing services to communities with known substance use disorders. In addition, Maryland Medical Assistance fully covers the cost of naloxone for most people involved in these
Overall, HB 408 would codify best practices in dealing with opioid overdoses without burdening existing government resources.
MACo testified on Bill’s cross file, SB 394on February 17, 2022.
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