New recovery ‘Safe Station’ opens in Ocean City
OCEAN CITY, Md. – Where would you go if you needed help with addiction right now? Well the Worcester County Health Department is helping to answer the question by opening a new safe station in Ocean City. Recently the health department partnered with the Ocean City fire department to open a safe station at the 15th street fire station in OC for those seeking immediate help getting into recovery. We’re told the station is open 24/7. If you or someone you know is in need of help and looking to start your recovery journey you can just simply walk into the station and you will get connected with treatment. Officials tell 47 ABC that this station is just another way for anyone in Worcester County who needs help with addiction and its another tool for officials to help connect people to services.
“You never ever want to see is somebody that want to help and helps not available and then that moment passes, and you’ve missed the opportunity to jump in and help them when they were ready. And so this is really what we’re looking for is that there’s no wrong time to get help and we want to be available when someone says I’m ready we want to be there for them,” said Assistant Director of Behavioral Health for the Worcester County Health Department, Mike Trader.
Health Officials add that depending on the need of services, safe stations may expand throughout Worcester County once the pilot project is complete.