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Latest edition of CCM show ' Montgomery Council in Brief' features fight against opioid abuse, major solar steps, new campaign against drunk driving

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 12, 2017



Latest edition of CCM show

‘Montgomery Council in Brief’ features

efforts to combat opioid abuse,

County’s latest move on solar energy,

campaign to stop drunk driving


ROCKVILLE, Md., July 11, 2017—The latest edition of the County Cable Montgomery show Council in Brief features quick, but detailed, looks at three timely issues before the Montgomery County Council. The five-minute video, which begins airing Wednesday, July 12, features the State's prescription monitoring program and the County’s efforts to combat the increasing opioid abuse epidemic, the unveiling of the County’s largest solar energy project and the newest in a series of campaigns to stop drunk driving.


The show can be seen at various times throughout the next two weeks on County Cable Montgomery (CCM), which can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon.

Council in Brief also can be viewed on the Internet at: .


The State of Maryland is taking an aggressive stance to address the spiraling opioid abuse problem and Montgomery County is strongly supporting those programs locally. Councilmember George Leventhal, who chairs the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee, talks about Montgomery’s programs.


The County, which has made a strong commitment toward renewable energy and reducing its carbon footprint, took another major step in that direction recently when it unveiled establishment of 2,600 solar panels on the grounds of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Clarksburg. Those panels can provide 60 percent of the energy needed to operate that facility. Council President Roger Berliner, who chairs the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, and Councilmember Marc Elrich, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, talk about this significant measure.


The County’s “I Take It Personally” campaign is the latest initiative to reduce drunk driving. The Department of Liquor Control and County Police launched the public awareness campaign, which is designed to encourage community members and retail establishments to do what they can to limit over-consumption, commercial establishment over-service of alcohol and drunk driving. Councilmembers Elrich and Sidney Katz, who also is a member of the Public Safety Committee, and Director of the Police Traffic Division Thomas Didone, address the County’s serious approach to the campaign.


Susan Kenedy of CCM was the producer and reporter for Council in Brief. Mike Springirth was the videographer and editor.


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Release ID: 17-227
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926