Gov. Larry Hogan is sending $22 million to jurisdictions across the state to help fight the heroin and opioid epidemic, and a large portion of the money is going to the city of Baltimore.
Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen said nearly two people died from overdoses every day in Baltimore. She said the state funding is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done.
Officials call the epidemic a public health crisis with 694 overdoses in Baltimore City in 2016, up from 393 the previous year.
"One out of every three overdoses that occur in the state of Maryland occurs in Baltimore City, that's why our request for the state is that the resources should be targeted to areas of greatest need," Wen said.