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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

Jurisdiction

Implementing Agency

Project Title

Funding

Allegany

Cumberland Police Department

Heroin Coordinator

$84,180

Anne Arundel

Anne Arundel County  Police Department Headquarters

Heroin Coordinator

$69,100

Baltimore

Baltimore County Police Department

Heroin Coordinator

$57,345

Calvert

Calvert County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator

$38,000

Cecil

Cecil County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Facility

Heroin Coordinator

$59,641

Charles

Charles County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator

$50,000

Dorchester

Dorchester County Council

Heroin Coordinator

$42,000

Frederick

Frederick City Police Department

Heroin Coordinator

$63,000

Garrett

Garrett County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator

$20,000

Harford

Harford County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator

$73,304

Howard

Howard County Police Department

Heroin Coordinator

$69,624

Kent

Kent County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator

$32,000

Montgomery

Montgomery County Police Department

Heroin Coordinator

$35,000

St. Mary's

St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator

$31,441

Talbot

Talbot County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator

$30,000

Wicomico

Wicomico County Sheriff's Office

Heroin Coordinator

$49,088

Worcester

Worcester County Board of County Commissioners

Heroin Coordinator

$67,648

Statewide

Maryland State Police

Heroin Coordinator

$60,000

TOTAL FUNDING

$931,371

                                                Safe Streets Initiative  FY 2017

Implementing Agency

Funding

Annapolis City Police Department

$345,147

Anne Arundel County

$289,807

Cumberland Police Department

$220,000

Dorchester Community Partnership

$164,080

Frederick City Police Department

$232,366

Hagerstown Police Department

$161,024

Harford County Sheriff’s Office

$207,000

Maryland State Police/Cecil County

$203,000

Salisbury Police Department

$247,973

TOTAL FUNDING

$2,070,394


 

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