Benjamin Jealous

Jealous releases strategy on opioid crisis

Jealous releases strategy on opioid crisis

Slamming Gov. Larry Hogan’s record on dealing with the crisis of heroin and opioid addiction, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous released his strategy Friday for bringing down Maryland’s soaring levels of overdose deaths.

Jealous’ 12-page proposal is his first comprehensive policy position since he launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination to run against the Republican Hogan.

The candidate said his strategy relies much more on treatment, and less on prison time, than Hogan’s approach over the past three years.

Hogan put a strong emphasis on reducing heroin and opioid deaths during his 2014 campaign. But the problem, already severe then, has...