Cash freed for treating drug abuse in Carroll; Money from offenders to be used to help addicts


Money collected from substance-abuse offenders in court will be directed toward addicts who can't afford treatment, the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office says.

Prosecutors routinely request donations at the conclusion of trials of those convicted of drug and alcohol abuse or drunken driving, said Jerry F. Barnes, Carroll state's attorney.

"The judges in Carroll County have been very cooperative in directing that donations be made to the substance-abuse fund," Barnes said.

The money has been used for awareness and prevention programs.

Thanks to First Central Mortgage Co., those donations can now be used for treatment.

First Central Mortgage has launched a program that provides money for awareness programs. First Central offers $100 for each mortgage it finances or refinances in the county to support prevention programs for substance abuse and domestic violence, Barnes said.

A separate account for First Central's donations has been established with the county comptroller, Barnes said. As money for prevention and education is needed, the comptroller's office will pay costs from that account, he said.

First Central Mortgage, which is based in Timonium, offered its support two weeks ago through loan officer Debra Clinton, a Westminster resident who wanted to help the community.

To obtain a mortgage or refinance one, with First Central making a donation to the program, call Clinton at 410-561-3550 or 800-894-7334.

Pub Date: 1/31/99

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