HEROIN GRANTS TO 9 JURISDICTIONS: Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that the state will distribute $3 million in grants to fight the heroin epidemic in Maryland, but none of it will go to Baltimore — which has accounted for more than a third of the state’s heroin-related overdose deaths in recent years. Michael Dresser of the Sun reports that the city didn’t apply for a share of the money, the governor’s office said.
Ovetta Wiggins of the Post reports that a little more than $2 million will be given to nine jurisdictions in mostly rural areas to help pay for the continuation of their Safe Street initiatives, which mix law enforcement, treatment and drug prevention. An additional $1 million or so will pay for the state police to hire heroin coordinators, who will collect and share data about drug seizures, arrests and investigations.
Those Safe Streets funds will support the hiring of “peer recovery specialists,” people who are recovering from substance-abuse or mental-health issues themselves who have been trained to provide support to others who need treatment, reports Daniel Leaderman in the Daily Record.
The Frederick Police Department will add two positions with grant funding as part of Gov. Larry Hogan’s effort to tackle a heroin epidemic in Maryland, writes Danielle Gaines in the Frederick News-Post.