Maryland State Delegate Mike McKay 

State Delegate Mike McKay's office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 3/11/2019 15:30:51 PM.

 

What district of Maryland do you represent?

 

District 1C

 

Briefly, how would you describe the opioid crisis in your state?

 

Our entire state has been affected by the crisis. Our Governor early on declared a State of Emergency in Maryland.

 

What are the two or three most significant bills that have been introduced in your chamber to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state?

HB 142: "I'm alive" App.

 

What was your involvement, if any, in those bills (e.g., introduction, advocacy, vote pledge)?

 

I was a sponsor.

 

Have any of the bills passed? If not, why?

We presented for a second year and are waiting for the committee to approve.

 

What was the most memorable experience you had while learning about the opioid crisis in your state?

The idea that this crisis affects all parts of the State regardless of economic status, color, religion, sexual preference or gender.

 

If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?

Grandfather opioid prescriptions patients and return the distribution of these medications back to Hospitals only.

 

Are there any additional thoughts you would like to share?

Thanks for the interest!