The Baltimore Ravens and Leidos, a Virginia-based technology, engineering, and science solutions and services company, have partnered to distribute nearly 70,000 drug disposal packets to local nonprofit organizations throughout Baltimore.
The packets allow people to safely dispose of legal leftover prescriptions without leaving their homes.
The partnership is part of the Ravens and Leidos’ Tackling Opioid Addiction campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the opioid public health crisis.
More than 90 percent of drug and alcohol-related deaths in Baltimore are opioid-related, according to the city’s health department.
People already suffering from substance-use disorders have faced new barriers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The opioid public health crisis has only been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Heather Darney, Ravens vice president of community relations, said. “We understand it’s more crucial than ever to help with this important cause.”
In 2017, Leidos began its efforts to end the opioid epidemic. A company-wide initiative was inspired by an employee’s call to action sent to Chairman and CEO Roger Krone.
Leidos has led dozens of events and initiatives to heighten awareness. These include a large-scale drug deactivation kit distribution event in conjunction with the Aberdeen Proving Ground team, the Maryland National Guard, and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.