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Heroin Action Plan

On January 27, 2015, County Executive Steve Schuh declared heroin addiction a public health emergency in Anne Arundel County. Mirroring a nationwide increase in use and deaths from heroin, the county is currently experiencing more than one overdose a day and a fatality a week.
  
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.
 
 
 

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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 Members
    The 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 Recommendations
 
 
 

 

 

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