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Opioid Response Working Group

In 2018, more than 300 people died from fatal overdose in Baltimore County, the vast majority related to opioids. The County has consistently had the second highest number of overdose deaths in the state. Many more experienced nonfatal overdoses, with profound consequences for their own health, their families and their communities. Addressing the opioid epidemic is critical for the health and well-being of Baltimore County. On May 16 County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced plans to accelerate the County's response efforts.

As part of this effort, the County Executive has established a working group of experts who will gather information and make recommendations for how the County can strategically address this crisis. Much of the information that will inform the group's work will come from extensive public engagement, including an online survey to gather thoughts and ideas from stakeholders, residents and public meetings.

Draft Report

Read the September 2019 draft report of the Opioid Response Working Group (PDF).

Public Comment on Draft Report

Baltimore County is seeking public comments on proposed recommendations from the draft report. Provide your comments now.

The comment period closes October 2.


  • Dr. John Chessare—President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Dr. Michelle GourdineInterim Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Population Health and Primary Care, University of Maryland Medical System
  • Dr. Sunil Khushalani—Medical Director, Adult Services, Sheppard Pratt Health System
  • Dawn O’Neill—Vice Present of Population Health, Saint Agnes Hospital
  • Michelle Spencer—Associate Director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Dr. Christopher Welsh—Medical Director, Outpatient Addiction Treatment Services, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Revised September 19, 2019         



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John Olszewski, Jr.
Phone: 410-887-2450

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