Drug addition counselors aren't paid enough and Western Maryland needs more long-term residential recovery facilities, according to testimony during a Thursday public hearing on addiction treatment and prevention.
Two existing facilities, the Massie Unit in Cumberland, Md., and the "W" House in Hagerstown, received high praise from recovering alcoholics and drug addicts who testified that they might not be alive if not for those programs.
Thirty-six people including recovering addicts and health officials gave more than two hours of testimony at the hearing in the Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Community College.
The hearing was before members of the Maryland Drug Treatment Task Force, which is headed by Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend and Del. Dan K. Morhaim, D-Baltimore County.