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State stalls on opioid treatment funding for Anne Arundel County

By Phil Davis, September 17, 2017

Katherine Bonincontri hired five additional staff members to help meet the county’s growing opioid treatment needs. She is hoping for state funding to help underwrite increased staffing costs.

The founder of the Pascal Crisis Stabilization Center is still waiting from word from the state if money will be channeled through the county to the Crownsville nonprofit, despite the fact the state told counties to be ready to implement new or expanded programs potentially funded by the grant by Sept. 1.


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.


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.