Effective April 20th, 2017 the Annapolis Police Department as well as every Annapolis Fire Station, every Anne Arundel County Fire Station, as well as all County police stations, will be a designated as a safe environment for individuals looking for assistance to start their path to recovery from heroin/opioid addiction.
How This Works
At any time, a local resident who is the victim of addiction or substance abuse can go to any Annapolis or Anne Arundel County Police or Fire Station and request assistance.
Upon arrival to a Safe Station, the Public Safety Officer at the station will inquire about any other medical condition that may require the individual to be transported to the hospital. If transport is needed, the person will be met by the Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) at the hospital. If no additional medical treatment is required, the Public Safety Officer will call the MCRT team and when they arrive at the Safe Station, they will begin their evaluation.
The MCRT is solely responsible for evaluating and determining the path of treatment.
Individuals seeking assistance will be asked if they are in position of any weapons or drugs. If so, local law enforcement will be notified and will come to the safe station to take the custody of the items only.
The program is a cooperative effort by all levels of government.