Anne Arundel County, MD, is feeling the weight of opiate addiction, with unsettling numbers already emerging for 2017. A minimum of 354 overdose incidents have been reported since January, and 35 opiate-related deaths. However, county officials are recognizing (as many others have) that incarceration is largely ineffective at rehabilitating addicts. The fact is, most jail facilities don’t have the resources necessary to provide an addict with what they need to change their behavior and leave their old life behind upon release. Things like counseling, 12 step meetings, providing of sober housing resources, and providing of a solid recovery plan are just not in the budget in the jail system, but are integral to giving addicts an actual chance at recovery. In further attempts to help struggling addicts, Anne Arundel County is taking a new approach to giving addicts a safe place to ask for help.