Counties Hire Coordinators to Combat Heroin

Counties across Maryland are hiring heroin coordinators within their police departments as part of their efforts to get a handle on the heroin crisis. The positions are funded through the help of a nearly $1 million grant from the state.

WBAL TV reports:

Counties are now taking advantage of recently released state money and adding heroin coordinators to their police departments charged with at least trying to reduce the drug’s impact by:

– Gathering and analyzing data following a response involving opioid use
– Following up with the drug user and their families
– Linking users to the best treatment options

“We need to focus a lot more of our resources to treatment as opposed to incarceration,” [Howard County Executive Allan] Kittleman said.

Read the full report on WBAL TV  for more information.

Previous coverage on Conduit Street:

$3M Targeted at Fighting Maryland’s Heroin Epidemic