Heroin Action Plan
In response, the county has taken several measures to step up its focus on preventing addiction, treating addicts and punishing drug dealers. The current budget approved by the County Council invests $800,000 for a soon-to-open substance abuse treatment center in Annapolis. The budget also increases community grant funding to treatment providers, funds an intra-county law enforcement task force, additional police detectives, sheriff's deputies and state's attorneys and canines.
Anne Arundel County’s Heroin Action Taskforce is comprised of officials across county government.
Broadly, the Heroin Action Taskforce three-pronged action plan contains the following elements:
- Education: Education of our citizens, especially our children, through targeted public awareness campaigns and community engagement.
- Treatment Opportunities: Expanded treatment opportunities by investing in programs that break the cycle of addiction once it begins.
- Increased Enforcement: Targeted public safety investments in specialty tactical units to neutralize the gangs and dealers that traffic in heroin.
- Heroin Action Taskforce MembersThe Hon. Steven R. Schuh. Anne Arundel County Executive (Chair)
The Hon. Michael J. Pantelides, City of Annapolis Mayor
The Hon. Wes Adams, Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney
Chief Tim Altomare, Anne Arundel County Police Department
Manager Thomas Andrews, City of Annapolis
Superintendent George Arlotto, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
The Hon. Ron Bateman, Anne Arundel Sheriff’s Office
Dr. Pamela Brown, Anne Arundel Co. Partnership for Children Youth & Families
Dr. Jinlene Chan, Anne Arundel County Health Department
Chief Allan Graves, Anne Arundel County Fire Department
Judge Paul Hackner, Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
Superintendent Terry Kokolis, Department of Detention Facilities
Dr. Dawn Lindsay, Anne Arundel Community College
Judge John P. McKenna, District Court of Maryland
Director Adrienne Mickler, Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency
Captain David Pressley, Anne Arundel Community College
Chief Michael Pristoop, Annapolis City Police Department
Director Carnitra White, Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services
Assistant Manager Bob Agee, City of Annapolis
Chief Communications Officer Rhonda Wardlaw, City of Annapolis
- Report and RecommendationsHeroin Action Taskforce Report and Recommendations March 2, 2015