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Washington Post

In Md. county ravaged by drug addiction, fire and police stations open their doors

By Rachel Siegel, September 4, 2017

It starts, usually, with the ringing of a fire station doorbell. Someone new has come for help — maybe a parent with a struggling teenager or an adult who has realized his life is being unraveled by drug addiction.

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, firefighters and police officers at stations in Anne Arundel County are ready to assess people addicted to opioids and set in motion a broader coalition that can get them quickly into drug treatment, whether or not they have money to pay.

 
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Capital Gazette

Anne Arundel's "safe stations" gain momentum, prompting change

By Phil Davis, August 26, 2017

The "safe stations" initiative in Anne Arundel County has taken off off over the past month, offering opioid addiction help to 45 people over the last three weeks.

At 15 people a week, according to Anne Arundel police, its popularity is well beyond what county officials expected.

The program — which turned police and fire departments into veritable safe havens for those addicted to drugs looking for help — originally launched with the expectation that its capacity would be about five people per week.

 

In the Community

My Time: Heritage Harbour Women's Club Hosts Luncheon

On May 23, 130 members of the Heritage Harbour Women's Club and guests gathered to celebrate achievements during their first year as a nonprofit organization. A luncheon with tea was held at the community's lodge. President Sally Ehrle thanked members for their support in raising funds through eight events and their work on 11 service projects. More than $14,000 in donations went for nursing scholarships and to drug treatment centers, a domestic violence/abuse program, public safety and services to disabled veterans.  Read More...

From left, Brittany Klemmer with Hope House; Loren Weisman, development director of Chrysalis House; Linda Cunningham, Heritage Harbour Women’s Club vice president for programs; and Christopher McCabe, executive director of Chrysalis House. Courtesy photo/Bea Parker/HANDOUT

From left, Brittany Klemmer with Hope House; Loren Weisman, development director of Chrysalis House; Linda Cunningham, Heritage Harbour Women’s Club vice president for programs; and Christopher McCabe, executive director of Chrysalis House.

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