Have you talked about opioids with your employees? Md. officials say you should

It wasn’t until lawmakers, health care officials, insurers, employers and everyday citizens all came together in a coordinated effort to combat the health crisis of smoking in America that the number related-deaths began to decline.

Clay Stamp, executive director of the state’s Opioid Operational Command Center, said communities across the U.S. are now facing a similar — if not far more dire — task in battling the opioid crisis.

“We’ve put a lot of things in place in the last 20 months… and headway is being made. But we’ve still got a long way to go,” Stamp said during a panel discussion hosted by the Greater Baltimore Committee on Tuesday. The event was intended to help employers and stakeholders better understand how opioid use can be addressed in Maryland workplaces.

Stamp is a trained paramedic and has years of experience in emergency and crisis management, facing crises like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, he was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to lead the state’s…

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