(From left: Brendan Welsh, Harford County Health Department; Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler; Joe Ryan, Office of Drug Control Policy/Photo Courtesy of HCSO)
From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
[March 17, 2015, Bel Air, MD] Sheriff Gahler, furthering his dedication to eradicating heroin from our communities, took another key step to assisting victims and families struggling with heroin addiction.
When a Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputy responds to a call for service, they are often assisting community members at their most vulnerable life moments. Often times that vulnerability can lead to acceptance and change. This is no different for victims and families of heroin addicts. Following this theory, Sheriff Gahler has partnered with the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) to ensure that every deputy is able to provide the necessary resources to these families, by way of a simple resource card. This card, developed by the
Harford County Health Department, Recovery Services, and provided by ODCP, outlines the steps an addict can take if they are ready for help and how to reach out for services.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office will also work closely with the Health Department, to provide contact information for appropriate follow-up assistance. Community relationships are key and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office is glad to partner with the ODCP and Harford County Health Department to break down barriers to treatment.
“I am glad that my administration was able to fund this vital resource and I look forward to working with the sheriff’s office as we combat this scourge affecting so many Harford County families,” said Harford County Executive Barry Glassman.
Sheriff Gahler offered, “Traditionally, our role is the same – prevent crime, investigate crime, and arrest criminals. But, if we want to experience change, we must go one step further. Before deputies leave the scene of a heroin overdose, they will provide a card with phone numbers and information to the victim or his/her family. This way, if the victim is ready to create change, they will know how to find the necessary support.”
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you can speak to a Recovery Coach at the Health Department by calling 410-877-2347.