Heroin/Opioid Information and Resources
In January 2017, Governor Hogan signed an Executive Order establishing the Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC). The OOCC brings together state and local partners to support prevention, treatment and enforcement efforts combatting the heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland. In an effort to raise public awareness of the heroin and opioid crisis, the Hogan administration has released the “Before It’s Too Late” web portal. The new portal is a statewide effort that is designed for individuals, educators, families, and health care providers to provide critical resources to address the opioid crisis and saves lives in Maryland. Information may be accessed at http://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/.
After several recent deaths in the state, the OOCC is also raising awareness of the threat of carfentanil to Maryland communities. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times deadlier than morphine, 100 times deadlier than fentanyl, and is 50 times deadlier than heroin. Please assist the initiatives of the OOCC by circulating the attached Carfentanil Alert Notice.
Partnership and Prevention Programs
There are also many school and community-based partnerships working to reduce individual and community risks for substance use among local youth.
The Queen Anne’s County Public School system has a number of programs and partnerships in place to reduce the use alcohol, tobacco, prescription and other drugs by county students. If you have concerns about use of these substances by your child or another student, consider starting with your school counselor.
The Queen Anne’s County Department of Health also has Alcohol and Drug Abuse Assessment, Treatment, and Counseling services, including confidential consultation at 410-758-1306. They have experienced substance abuse counselors, ready to help you with youth (or adult) substance issues – call them for CONFIDENTIAL HELP – 410-758-1306.
Underage Drinking Parties–the QAC Sheriff’s Office is encouraging the community to call 410-758-0770 to report underage drinking parties in progress. County law enforcement agencies are specially trained to respond and disperse these parties.
Teens that Smoke – also usually use Marijuana – national research shows a very close relationship between teens that smoke cigarettes and those that smoke marijuana. There are local resources ready to help student smokers quit tobacco – from the
QAC Department of Health, Cigarette Restitution Program. Call 410-758-1083 to find out about helping your child quit smoking.
Drug-Free Queen Anne’s Coalition – in its 6th year, the DFC mission is to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among QAC youth. Agencies including law enforcement, QACPS, county health department, youth service agencies, the Community Partnerships for Children and Families, and community members come together
bi-monthly to discuss alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention strategies for the county.
Teen Court – A program of the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office
and the QAC Department of Health’s Prevention Office, in partnership with the County Department of Juvenile Services and the QAC Sheriff’s Office, Teen Court is a diversionary program for 1st time juvenile offenders. Offenses are heard before a court magistrate, and student volunteers ages 12-17 take on the roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys, court clerk, bailiff and jurors. Students interested in participating as volunteers should contact Kathy Wright at 410-758-1306 Ext. 304 for information and applications.