This week's guest on The Annapolis Podcast is Mike Goldfaden. Mike is the Executive Director of The Samaritan House, a nonprofit "halfway house" that helps people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol in Anne Arundel County. We talk about how Mike himself was a client and is now helping others with their sobriety.
I told Mike the story of how a friend of mine in Anne Arundel County became addicted to heroin and took his own life. Mike explained that this is all too common and that heroin and addiction doesn't discriminate, and it effects people from various socio-economic and demographic backgrounds.
This year Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Scuh declared a public health emergency related to heroin abuse and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called it a statewide crisis, creating the Heroin and Opioid Emerengency Task Force. Mike and I talk about this omnipresent issue with The Samaritan House's slogan in mind: "We can do together. What we cannot do alone."
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Next week public defender Bill Cooke discusses how Anne Arundel County should focus more on treatment of heroin as opposed to spending our resources on enforcement.