Martin O'Malley (Drug Policy)

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O'Malley's Drug Policy (section page)

Drug Overdose and Addiction

  • Reduce deaths from drug overdose by 25% by 2020 (MOW-AT)
  • Establish a national dashboard to monitor the overdose and addiction problem, track nationwide responses, and target resources to increase access to critical services (MOW-AT)
    • Create and adopt a national strategy to reduce addiction to fentanyl (a deadly narcotic laced into heroin) within 100 days of taking office
  • Stop the over-prescription of pain medications (MOW-AT)
    • Require physician training on pain prescribing
    • Strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs
    • Support patient education on pain
  • Expand access to treatment (MOW-AT)
    • Expand access to Naloxone (a reversal drug used to treat overdoses from heroin and prescription opioids)
    • Equip all first responders with Naloxone and ensure all hospitals and first responders can quickly direct patients to effective addiction treatment options
    • Increase funding for effective therapies
    • Expand coverage of proven treatments under Medicare and Medicaid
    • Assure every veteran access to treatment within 12 hours
  • Invest in community resources for recovery (MOW-AT)
    • Implement a public health response to addiction
    • Support community services
    • Launch a national campaign to reduce the stigma associated with drug addiction


  • Supports the decriminalization of the possession of small amounts of marijuana (DP)
  • Supports the legalization of medical marijuana (DP)
  • Wants to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug (DP)