For Immediate Release: August 22, 2016

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh will be the keynote speaker for theAugust 22, 2016 Circuit Court Adult Drug Treatment Court graduation ceremony.

Anne Arundel County's Circuit Court Adult Drug Treatment Court program began in 2005. The Anne Arundel County District Court Adult Drug Treatment Court initiative began in 1997. In addition to saving lives and deterring victimization and recidivism, Adult Drug Court Treatment programs save money.

What: Adult Drug Treatment Court Graduation Celebration for 7 Graduates in Circuit Court

Where/When: Monday, August 22 @ 2pm (Circuit Court, Courtroom 4C)

Speaker: Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh

On January 27, 2015, County Executive Steve Schuh declared heroin addiction a public health emergency in Anne Arundel County. Mirroring a nationwide increase in use and deaths from heroin, the county is currently experiencing more than one overdose a day and a fatality a week.

In response, the county has taken several measures to step up its focus on preventing addiction, treating addicts and punishing drug dealers. The current budget approved by the County Council invests $800,000 for a new substance abuse treatment center in Annapolis. The budget also increases community grant funding to treatment providers, funds an intra-county law enforcement task force, additional police detectives, sheriff's deputies and state's attorneys and canines.

Background:

Anne Arundel County Adult Drug Court works to improve our community through enhanced public safety by providing judicially-supervised treatment to substance abuse offenders, thereby reducing the social and economic costs of criminal activity and traditional incarceration. This initiative is a collaborative effort among the Circuit Court, the State's Attorney's Offices, the Maryland Judiciary Office of Problem Solving Courts, the Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant, the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Office of the Public Defender, the Division of Parole and Probation, and the Department of Health. Relationships with other community agencies such as the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, and the many local treatment providers are considered vital to the success of the program. For more information, please visit: http://www.circuitcourt.org/learn-about/drug-treatment-court.

*All media are invited to attend. TV cameras are not allowed in the courtroom.

*Visuals: On camera interviews available with several graduates, County Executive Steve Schuh, State's Attorney Wes Adams.

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