Smart Steps: Treating Baltimore’s Drug Problem

January 2000 / Abell-Supported Research / Criminal Justice and Addiction

Many of Maryland’s leaders are coming to the conclusion already reached in Baltimore: Treatment deserves more support. Elected officials have become increasingly concerned about drug abuse throughout the state, especially over heroin’s resurgence during the 1990s. In 1998, the Maryland General Assembly created a Task Force to Study Increasing the Availability of Substance Abuse Programs statewide. In its December 1999 interim report, the Task Force concluded that insufficient treatment capacity throughout Maryland was primarily due to ‘insufficient funding for treatment by the State.’ The Task Force recommended providing treatment on request for Maryland’s uninsured and underinsured, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.