BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The opioid crisis will take center stage at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Tuesday as lawmakers will address how to fight the epidemic.
The hearing will be held by Representative Elijah Cummings and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Cummings will help to examine the opioid epidemic and the recommendations of President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
This year in Harford County, 320 people overdosed on opioids. Of those, 77 died. Overdoses are up 73 percent compared to last year. In total, the state of Maryland has had close to 1200 overdose deaths.
In March, Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in response to the crisis. The governor will also attend the hearing to deliver remarks of his own.