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.
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...
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