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Maryland governor notes cousin's fatal overdose during plan to fight surge in heroin


ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland's heroin crisis is an emergency demanding a major response.

Hogan outlined a plan Tuesday to fight rising fatal overdoses. He has formed a council and a separate tax force to address the problem. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford will lead the effort.

Maryland has received a donation of about 5,000 kits with two doses of each of an overdose antidote for heroin from a company called Kaleo.

The Republican governor also announced that $5,000 of a federal grant will be used to expand re-entry programs to help inmates leaving prison stay off heroin.

Hogan emotionally recalled how people all over the Maryland regularly mentioned the heroin problem during his campaign last year. He says he lost a cousin to a heroin overdose a few years ago.

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