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MDP Reaction to Hogan’s State of Emergency Announcement

Mar 01, 2017

Annapolis, Md. – Over two years ago, Governor Larry Hogan promised on day one to declare a state of emergency on Maryland’s growing heroin and opioid crisis.

Since making that promise, there have been more than 1,600 heroin-related and 1,000 fentanyl-related deaths in Maryland.

While today’s announcement is a good start, Hogan owes Marylanders answers on how he plans to protect another tool for fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic – the Affordable Care Act. Repeal of the ACA would gut states’ efforts in combating the crisis.

The following statement was released by Maryland Democratic Party spokesperson Bryan Lesswing:

“It took two years and 2,600 deaths for Governor Larry Hogan to finally follow through on what he promised to do on day one.”

“While Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement today is a good start after two years of delay, Marylanders deserve to know how Hogan plans to defend another tool in fighting the heroin and combat epidemic – the Affordable Care Act – which has been a centerpiece in combating the crisis.”