On January 31, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball signed an Executive Order creating an Opioid Collaborative Community Council to assist in determining priorities for how the County should use funds received through a National Settlement Agreement with opioid manufacturers and any future settlements. The Council is charged with making recommendations to the Fiscal Year 2024 budget on or before June 30, 2023, with final findings made on or before July 31, 2024. HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, is a member of the council.
“Opioid manufacturers created a public health crisis that led to hundreds of fatal and non-fatal overdoses in Howard County. Their product was a scourge on our community. Now that we have begun to receive money as part of our settlement with some opioid manufacturers, it’s important that our community has input into how those funds can best be used to prevent future Opioid misuse.”Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive
You can view and download the executive order here.