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Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland Joins RALI Maryland

Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland Joins RALI Maryland Initiative to Fight Opioid Addiction

Organization Joins Health, Business Stakeholders to Raise Awareness on Prevention and Treatment Options

BALTIMORE, MD. (June 22, 2018) – The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI), a

diverse alliance of community leaders, health care stakeholders and business

representatives, announced today that the Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland, has joined the coalition to help raise awareness about effective prevention and treatment options to address opioid addiction.

“We are so pleased to join this initiative,” Maryland Hospice & Palliative Care Network Executive Director Peggy Funk said. “Our members are often in a position where unused opioids are present and need to be disposed of. New legislation signed by the governor this year is a big step forward for our network, but we can always use more education and awareness with the public. This broad coalition helps bring this all together for us.”

Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland joins RALI Maryland

Earlier this year, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law House Bill 407/Senate Bill 232: Public Health – General Hospice Care Programs – Collection and Disposal of Unused Prescription Medication. This new law will help address the disposal of unused prescription medication in home hospice settings by relieving the burden of family members having to worry about unused prescriptions when their loved one has died, and helping to ensure that unused prescriptions, many of which are strong opioids, are not taken by anyone other than the patient for whom they were intended.

RALI Maryland consists of more than a dozen local, state and national organizations that have come together to find solutions to end the opioid crisis in Maryland. The group and its partners will highlight programs that help save lives, mobilize stakeholders to educate and partner with policymakers, provide readily-available informational resources for residents and share the stories of those on the frontlines of the crisis.

RALI Maryland’s website,, will serve as a hub for information and resources about the initiative, its featured programs and addiction and substance use disorders.

The Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland is a membership association for hospice and palliative care programs, services, and facilities in the state of Maryland. The organization offers support, resources, training, education and a legislative “voice” to its member organizations. It also serves as a connection point to those in search of their members’ services. For more information, visit

In 2016, more than 2,000 Maryland residents lost their lives to drug overdoses – a 59 percent increase in overdose deaths from 2015. Research shows that about 60 percent of people who have abused prescription medications got the drugs from a home medicine cabinet. Maryland has implemented a comprehensive response to the crisis with a series of executive actions and new programs to help residents and community leaders address addiction.

For more information about RALI Maryland, visit

ABOUT RALI Maryland:

RALI Maryland is an alliance of more than a dozen local, state and national

organizations committed to finding solutions to end the opioid crisis in

Maryland. Members of the coalition include:

Cecil County Community Drug Coalition

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland

Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Maryland Fraternal Order of Police

Maryland Pharmacists Association

Maryland Realtors

Maryland Rural Health Association

Maryland State Grange

MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society

National Black Nurses Association

National Consumers League

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Professional Firefighters of Maryland

Southern Baptist Church

Veterans Health Council

Vets Against Drugs

Vietnam Veterans of America


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