When Anne Arundel County and Annapolis officials announced an initiative last month to turn fire and police departments into "Safe Stations" for those addicted to drugs and looking to get treatment, it took only two hours for the first person to take them up on the offer.
Two weeks later, the number of opioid and heroin users seeking help has hit the program's projected capacity.
Ten people have visited either a fire or police station looking for assistance with addiction since the program launched April 20. County police Chief Timothy Altomare said officials with the departments involved plan to meet in a month, evaluate the effectiveness of the program and look into what more can be done.
"I don't think it's a concern. I think it's an opportunity and we'll figure it out," Altomare said.