Carroll health department offers help to chronic pain patients who lost access to treatment

The Carroll County Health Department is reaching out to anyone who may have lost access to their chronic pain physician due to a recent police action in Baltimore County.

In a media release issued late Wednesday in conjunction with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the health department offered two hotlines those affected could call to be connected with providers that could at least temporarily manage their care.


“If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs help to access pain management services or medications, please contact the Health Department at 410-876-4806 for assistance during business hours,” the release reads. “After hours, please call the Maryland Crisis Hotline at 1-800-422-0009.”

The health department is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Although he could not confirm the name and location, Carroll County Health Officer Ed Singer said a pain management clinic in Baltimore County was served with a federal search warrant on Wednesday, which is what prompted the media release.

“It is impacting the ability of these patients to see that provider,” Singer said. “It’s our role as the health department to make sure we can link them to a provider who can help them. It may not be the same services, but it at least gets them stabilized them so they don’t wind up in our emergency department.”

Those being served by a chronic pain clinic could suffer withdrawal symptoms if cut off from medication, Singer said, if they are being treated with opioid medications.

This is also a concern for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, according to Col. Larry Suther.

“We don’t want them seeking relief somewhere else that would be worse than what they are dealing with now,” Suther said. “That was the whole idea, to link them to some help.”

Suther said that a member of the Sheriff’s Office was involved in the task force that served the warrant in Baltimore County, which is why the media release was a joint effort, but like Singer, Suther could not reveal the name or location of the pain clinic in question.

The Baltimore Sun did report that federal agents executed search warrants on the offices of Rosen-Hoffberg Rehabilitation and Pain Management Associates on Wednesday, which has offices in both Owings Mills and Towson. The FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General were involved.

No arrests were made, per the Sun.