Marylanders have something to be happy about these days: the state is expanding its substance abuse counseling and treatment programs to accommodate the growing help needed by residents with drug addiction problems.
Gov. Martin O’Malley expressed the importance of extending the necessary assistance to break off the destructive cycle of substance abuse. He said “… we are moving closer to meeting our goal in Maryland to expand access to substance abuse services by 25 percent by the end of 2012. Together, we can create a safer, healthier state for our children.”
Last year, Gov. O’Malley signed into law Maryland’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to combat the use of prescription drugs which is one of the fastest growing drug problem in the state. The recent move solidify Maryland’s fight against drug addiction to strengthen public safety.
The Allegany County Health Department’s Primary Adult Care (PAC) program which provides treatment services to individuals and families affected by chemical dependency and chemical abuse receive heavy use from individuals seeking help. They provide a wide range of substance abuse treatment services, including substance abuse evaluation, group and individual counseling, medication assistance, and visits to a family doctor (otherwise known primary care provider).
The Massie Unit alone, a residential program for people 18 years old and above, has provided treatment to 74 different PAC patients which equates to about 2,040 days of service. Meanwhile, the Behavioral Health Unit, the outpatient addictions clinic and outpatient mental health center, has provided 1,096 services to 101 PAC patients over the last year.
From 63,834 in 2009, the number of Marylanders receiving outpatient substance abuse treatment services through the state’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) funded programs under Medicaid and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration has increased steadily to a projected 84,429 in fiscal year 2012.