Harford Community College launches new opioid addiction program for incoming students

(WMAR, June 15) There weren't many co-eds on campus at Harford Community College Thursday, but starting in the fall, every incoming, full time student will be required to learn about heroin and opioid addiction. 
"This is a need in this community, is certainly a need in the state of Maryland and so we're stepping up as quickly as we can to make sure we're responding appropriately," said HCC President, Dr. Dianna Phillips.
A policy was put in place this week creating the new drug program.  Something that's now mandatory by law for every public college and university.
From 2015 to 2016 opioid related deaths across the state shot up 70%.  That growing epidemic is the reason the General Assembly took action to make sure students are educated about the dangers and prevention. Read more.