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Local venture wants to fight heroin with mobile clinic

Local venture wants to fight heroin with mobile clinic

In the past 12 months, Anne Arundel County picked up the tab for over 23,600 rides to methadone clinics. Covered by a state grant, those trips — helping patients addicted to heroin and painkillers get to their appointments if they don't have transportation — cost about $1 million, roughly 2 percent of health spending in fiscal 2015. But what if instead of patients crisscrossing the county to get to a clinic, the clinic went closer to them? Ron Grossman, who says he has worked in mental health and substance abuse for 35 years, wants to put medication-assisted drug treatment on wheels by using a vehicle that drives into areas where there's a dearth of addiction...

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