Announced via Facebook post:

Howard County Police Academy 43, which graduated in August, raised $15,000 for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center’s walk-in opioid stabilization center. This morning, officers from Academy 43 unveiled the nameplate outside the room, which is already in service and treating patients!

The New Beginnings Stabilization Program, a 24/7 walk-in program for individuals requesting services for opioid and other substance use, provides assessment, counseling and peer support, supervised opioid detox, and connections to treatment to get patients on the road to recovery.

Grassroots is an essential partner of the department’s and we’re thrilled to have helped with this important program!

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Here is that post on Facebook:

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Earlier today HCPD also provided an update to overdoses in Howard County so far in 2019:

OVERDOSES: The Howard County Police Department and Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services responded to three non-fatal overdoses in the past week. The overdoses occurred in Columbia and Clarksville.

2019 Year-To-Date Overdoses
Fatal: 23 (19 opioid-related)*
Non-Fatal: 139

*Opioid-related confirmed though autopsy. Some OD deaths are still pending autopsy results for opioids and/or other substances. Numbers may fluctuate.

If you or someone you know in Howard County needs help with an opioid or other drug issue, call 800-422-0009, 24-hours a day, or walk into Grassroots for screening & referral assistance, 6700 Freetown Road, Columbia.

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Here are past years overdose numbers in Howard County:

The numbers for 2019 (so far) seem to indicate a trend in the number of overdoses going down in Howard County. Let us all hope this trend continues over the next month and a half and going forward.

I will have updated numbers at the beginning of 2020 (once they are reported from HCPD).

Scott E