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Maryland Patient Safety Center Joins RALI to Address Opioid Addiction

Diverse Coalition Promotes Effective Programs for Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

BALTIMORE, Md. (Dec. 19, 2019) – The Maryland Patient Safety Center has joined the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Maryland, a diverse alliance of Maryland community, business and faith leaders; health care stakeholders; and first responders working to address the opioid crisis.

RALI Maryland helps bring people and organizations together to share, learn and work across community boundaries to address the opioid epidemic. The coalition supports programs that help save lives, mobilizes stakeholders to educate communities, and distributes informational materials to Marylanders that can help end the crisis.

“Our partnership with RALI Maryland is a natural fit for our organization as we strive to make health care in Maryland the safest in the nation,” said Bonnie DiPietro, Director of Operations of the Maryland Patient Safety Center. “The opioid epidemic knows no boundaries and anything we can do to help give people a fighting chance whether it be through proper disposal or education, we’re all in.”

In 2017, nearly 2,000 Maryland residents lost their lives due to an opioid-related overdose, according to state data. Deaths related to heroin and illicit fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, in particular, have been increasing, with the crisis impacting people of all ages and demographics. The state of 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, including its 2-1-1 hotline for anybody who needs help.

Earlier this year, RALI Maryland, along with its partners, brought an interactive trailer to locations across the state in an effort to help educate parents and adults on the warning signs of teenage substance misuse. The educational trailer is set up like a typical teenage bedroom to teach parents where signs of addiction may be hidden at home. It was designed with the help of both law enforcement and individuals with substance use disorders.

In addition, the coalition participated in educational events, community conversations on substance misuse disorders and numerous fairs and outreach experiences across the state.

The Maryland Patient Safety Center is recognized as a national leader in patient safety. As a Center of patient safety innovations, the organization convenes providers of care to accelerate understanding and implement evidence-based solutions for preventing avoidable harm. For more information about the Maryland Patient Safety Center, visit

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Maryland is a diverse alliance of nearly two dozen local, state and national organizations committed to finding solutions to help end the opioid crisis in Maryland. The organization is bringing together people and organizations to share, learn and work across community boundaries to help save lives, mobilize stakeholders and provide informational resources.

RALI Maryland members include:

Beloved Community Services Corporation

Cecil County Community Drug Coalition

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland

Maryland Association of Chain Drug Stores

Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Maryland Fraternal Order of Police

Maryland Hospital Association

Maryland Patient Safety Center

Maryland Pharmacists Association


Maryland Rural Health Association

Maryland Sheriffs’ Association/Maryland Chiefs of Police

Maryland State Grange

MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society

National Black Nurses Association

National Consumers League

National Sheriffs’ Association

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Professional Firefighters of Maryland

Union Baptist Church

University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security

Veterans Health Council

Vets Against Drugs

Vietnam Veterans of America

For more information about RALI Maryland, visit


For Immediate Release


Beth Levine


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