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Cecil County Officials Discuss Possible Opioid Initiatives with MD’s Attorney General

Post Date:10/17/2019 2:02 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2019

Cecil County Officials Discuss Possible Opioid Initiatives with MD’s Attorney General

ELKTON, MD. -- On October 16, 2019, Cecil County Executive Alan J. McCarthy, County Attorney Jason L. Allison, Interim State’s Attorney James Dellmyer, and Sheriff Scott Adams, met with State of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh in Baltimore to discuss future ongoing collaboration on initiatives that target opioid, methamphetamine, and e-cigarettes.

Central to the discussion were settlement of the opioid litigation currently pending in federal court, mutual advocacy for increased State funding that would increase primary drug and e-cigarette use prevention, treatment for opioid and methamphetamine addiction as an alternative to incarceration, increased sentences for methamphetamine distribution, increased funding for in-patient drug treatment, increased funding for law enforcement and prosecution at the State of Maryland crime lab, and State legislation prohibiting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes throughout the State. 

Prosecution and incarceration of drug crimes is a critically important aspect of deterrence and rehabilitation for those who enter the criminal justice system due to drug abuse and sales.  Incarceration alone, however, does not fully address many of the underlying issues that lead to drug abuse.

Statistics show that individuals incarcerated for crimes arising out of drug use often return to the friends, family, and environment they were in prior to incarceration, and adopt the same self-destructive and unlawful behaviors that led to initial prosecution.

“I firmly believe that the criminal justice system and local government can break this malevolent cycle if adequate resources are committed to education, treatment and reintegration, as well as a complement and, in appropriate circumstances, as an alternative to, incarceration,” stated County Executive McCarthy.

“Our proposed initiatives will offer addicts who are arrested for drug use or possession a choice: Go to rehabilitation and engage in training and transition programs, or go to State prison to serve and be incarcerated. In either case, addicts will, voluntarily or involuntarily, be provided with educational and vocational training, rehabilitation, and transition services that will foster successful reintegration into the community.”

Cecil County officials are fully committed to combating unlawful drug use and sales in this County, and look forward to further collaboration with Attorney General Frosh as we continue to push as hard as possible to break the cycle of addiction and to appropriately address the drug epidemic that is overwhelming our local communities.

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government
jlyall@ccgov.org

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