Gov. Larry Hogan appointed former Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh as executive director of Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC). Schuh will serve as the state’s principal coordinator in the fight against the opioid crisis, replacing Clay Stamp, who will return to Talbot County as the assistant county manager and emergency services director.

Under Schuh’s leadership, Anne Arundel County launched the Safe Stations program, which designates each county and Annapolis City fire station, as well as county and city police stations, as a safe environment for individuals looking for assistance to start their path to recovery from heroin and opioid addiction. The county also created the “Not My Child” initiative to provide the facts of prescription drug misuse and educating parents, families, and communities on the impact of substance use disorder.