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Md. Governor Announces $3 Million to Fight Heroin Epidemic

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that his administration is providing $3 million in state grants to help eradicate the heroin epidemic Maryland.

The governor's office said total of $931,371 will go toward funding a heroin coordinator in law enforcement agencies in every region of the state. In addition, a total of $2,070,397 will go to nine jurisdictions to continue the Safe Streets Initiative, an offender-based program that tracks down and arrests the most serious, violent, and repeat offenders while connecting those offenders struggling with substance abuse to drug treatment, health care, education, and other services. This year, five Safe Streets sites will be funded to hire peer recovery specialists to integrate treatment into the model, the governor's office said.

According to the governor's office, both programs will support the recommendations of the Heroin & Opioid Emergency Task Force, which released its report after holding regional stakeholder summits to hear first-hand about the ravages of the epidemic on communities throughout the state.

The Heroin Coordinator Grant Program will support one of the 33 recommendations made by the Task Force: the state should designate the Baltimore-Washington High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area as the central repository for all Maryland drug intelligence by providing funds for salary or overtime support for a heroin coordinator to do the vital work of data input and analysis. Sharing and analyzing this data across jurisdictions will make it easier for law enforcement to identify drug traffickers, Hogan's office said. The administration said the goal is to track down drug traffickers, protect young people from becoming involved with illegal drugs, and provide treatment and resources for those struggling with substance abuse and addiction.

“Throughout Maryland, from our smallest town to our biggest city, heroin is destroying lives,” Hogan said in a statement. “A coordinated law enforcement and treatment response is essential to our administration’s ability to help fight this epidemic and provide our citizens with the lifesaving support they need. These heroin coordinators will work to ensure that every drug seizure, arrest, and investigation is documented and uploaded into extensive shared databases to give us a clear picture of the paths these deadly drugs take to get into our communities. And our peer recovery specialists will work to ensure offenders with addictions get the treatment and support they need to get on the road to recovery.”

“Gov. Hogan and I are committed to the Safe Streets Initiative because it is a model program that works, and we’re pleased to be able to integrate a drug treatment component into our Safe Streets program—an important recommendation by the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force,” said Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, the Task Force chair. “Identifying offenders who have an addiction from the moment they are arrested gives us the time we need to help them turn their lives around.”

“Until now, it was typical for law enforcement agencies to conduct and analyze their investigations and information on the illegal drug trade independently and in their own jurisdictions,” said Glenn Fueston, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention, which administers the Safe Streets funds. “This is no longer the case. The Heroin Coordinator Grant program will promote an integrated law enforcement and investigative strategy among all Maryland jurisdictions through extensive data-sharing. This, in turn, will advance statewide investigations and prosecutions of drug traffickers, as well as referrals for treatment for individuals struggling with addiction.”

                                       Heroin Coordinator Grant Program FY 2017


Implementing Agency

Project Title



Cumberland Police Department

Heroin Coordinator


Anne Arundel

Anne Arundel County  Police Department Headquarters

Heroin Coordinator



Baltimore County Police Department

Heroin Coordinator



Calvert County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator



Cecil County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Facility

Heroin Coordinator



Charles County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator



Dorchester County Council

Heroin Coordinator



Frederick City Police Department

Heroin Coordinator



Garrett County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator



Harford County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator



Howard County Police Department

Heroin Coordinator



Kent County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator



Montgomery County Police Department

Heroin Coordinator


St. Mary's

St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator



Talbot County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator



Wicomico County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator



Worcester County Board of County Commissioners

Heroin Coordinator



Maryland State Police

Heroin Coordinator




                                                Safe Streets Initiative  FY 2017

Implementing Agency


Annapolis City Police Department


Anne Arundel County


Cumberland Police Department


Dorchester Community Partnership


Frederick City Police Department


Hagerstown Police Department


Harford County Sheriff’s Office


Maryland State Police/Cecil County


Salisbury Police Department





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