REGION| DC, Maryland and Virginia officials gathered at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments‘ Regional Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit yesterday to discuss how to address the growing opioid addiction crisis in the region. All three jurisdictions agreed that having a system that monitored prescriptions is a major component to combating the issue. (WaPo, 5/9)
There were 198 opioid-related deaths in the District in the first 11 months of 2016. All three jurisdictions have seen steady increases in the number of opioid-related deaths. Hogan said Tuesday that six people die in Maryland each day, on average, as a result of overdosing on opioids — more than are killed by guns or in vehicle accidents.
Bowser, Hogan and McAuliffe noted that each of their jurisdictions have launched public-awareness campaigns, expanded access to overdose-reversal drugs, increased funding for treatment and taken steps to improve collaboration between agencies.
NONPROFIT SUMMER LEARNING SERIES | WRAG is excited to announce that our Nonprofit Summer Learning Series, in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, is open for registration! Nonprofits, join us as local funders pull the curtain back on philanthropy. (Daily, 5/10)
HEALTH | Why maintaining health insurance is difficult when you are experiencing homelessness. (StreetSense, 5/4)
– Here’s a map of the most dangerous intersections in the District. (WaPo, 5/9)
– People With Disabilities Lose Free Parking Downtown (WAMU, 5/8)
LGBTQ | A Virginia federal court of appeals has been asked to consider if three couples can challenge a law allowing magistrates with religious objections to refuse to perform marriages between same-sex couples. (WTOP, 5/10)
ENVIRONMENT | Activists and others worry as Maryland’s prosecution of environmental crimes has dropped significantly. (Baltimore Sun, 5/10)
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