The University of Baltimore’s Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement, housed in the College of Public Affairs, will manage a $2 million grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the federal program known as Combating Opioid Overdose through Community-level Intervention Initiative (COOCLI). With this grant, the center will fund and study innovative local policy initiatives that provide multi-organizational rapid responses to spikes in overdoses.
The CDPE has two important speaking engagements coming up:
On Thursday, Oct. 5, Jeff Beeson, the CDPE’s deputy director, will join Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner for the Bureau of Public Health and State Health Officer, and Chad Napier, the prevention coordinator for Appalachian HIDTA, at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, to present an overview of the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP). ODMAP is a tool that links first responders on scene to an easy mapping tool app that can help track overdoses to stimulate real-time response and strategic analysis across jurisdictions.
On Friday, Oct. 13, Thomas Carr, the CDPE’s director, will be the featured speaker at the Loudoun Crime Commission’s quarterly meeting. The Loudoun Crime Commission is a non-profit, charitable that focuses on crime prevention and reduction. Carr will be speaking about the nation’s opioid crisis and the impact it is having on Loudoun County, Virginia and the United States.
The CDPE is part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, a federal program administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, designed to provide resources to federal, state, local and tribal agencies to coordinate activities to address drug trafficking in specifically designated areas of the country. The Washington/Baltimore HIDTA was designated in 1994 and serves Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and parts of West Virginia.