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Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford attends drug emergency task force summit in Baltimore

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford attends drug emergency task force summit in Baltimore

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

 

State and local officials gathered at the University of Baltimore to gain insight from community members like Carlos Hardy, who has been in recovery 21 years and now has an organization that reaches out to others in recovery. "I think we can turn the corner of this, but it's going to take a multipronged approach. We need to expand treatment, we need to get the drugs off the street, we need to develop what I call a rapid response capacity, meaning that if there's a particular area experiencing these things, we can flood the area with resources to try to stem it," Hardy said.

Hardy said he is concerned about the number of young people moving to heroin from prescription drugs, and the number of them who are dying from overdoses.

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