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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.

Public Input


We want to know what you think the County is doing well and what we could do better. Please complete our survey (also available in Spanish) and make your voice heard.

Public Meetings

Two public meetings will also be held to gather citizen input on the crisis and the County's response:

Tuesday, June 18, 6 p.m.—View meeting agenda.
Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk Campus
College Community Center—Theatre
7200 Sollers Point Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21222
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(Park in Lot 1 or 2)

Wednesday, July 10, 6 p.m.
Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus
Center for the Arts Lounge
800 South Rolling Road
Catonsville, Maryland 21228
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(Park in Lot 3)


  • 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 June 14, 2019         



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

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