Snow Hill Rotary partners with Worcester Health on prescription lockboxes; Health Department to launch new substance abuse awareness campaigns in Spring 2019
(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department and Snow Hill Rotary Club partnered in 2019 to provide free prescription lockboxes to the community. In 2018, the Rotary conducted a needs assessment to determine priorities for where to donate their resources. After having presentations from various organizations, including the Worcester County Health Department, it was determined that the opioid crisis would be a priority area and partnering with the health department to provide lock boxes was the intervention they selected. The Snow Hill Rotary Club also participated in a Naloxone training provided by the health department.
Funded by the Rotary Club, the new lockboxes encourage residents to keep their prescription medications, such as opioids, safe and secure. In addition to promoting responsible opioid storage, Worcester Health will launch several new awareness campaigns this spring focusing on Addiction in the Workplace, Naloxone training, reducing the stigma around recovery as well as promoting the State of Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law.
“I would like to thank the Snow Hill Rotary Club for partnering with the Worcester County Health Department on the lockbox initiative,” said Rebecca Jones, Health Officer for Worcester County. “This is another avenue in which to fight the ongoing opioid crisis.”
Pictured (left to right): Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention, Worcester County Health Department, Rebecca Jones, Health Officer, Worcester County Health Department, Marty Pusey, Snow Hill Rotary Club, Chris Welch, President, Snow Hill Rotary Club.
New substance abuse awareness campaigns will begin to air this April through September. PSAs will focus on how to spot the signs of addiction, what local recovery resources are available in Worcester County and the importance of reducing stigma and the barriers for entering treatment. Campaigns for 2019 will highlight topics such as:
2-1-1 Maryland is a partnership of four agencies working together to provide simple access to health and human services information. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with important community services. Trained call specialists answer calls 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications. Worcester County Health Department offers Naloxone trainings for free to all interested community members across the county. Trainings are held in Snow Hill every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. If you would like to attend a free Naloxone training or learn more, please call the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-0056.
Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law:
The Maryland Good Samaritan Law effective October 1, 2015, provides protection from arrest as well as prosecution for certain specific crimes and expands the charges from which people assisting in an emergency overdose situation are immune. If someone calls 911 in an effort to help during an overdose crisis, or they are experiencing an overdose, their parole and probation status will not be affected, and they will now not be arrested, charged, or prosecuted for:
• Possession of a controlled dangerous substance,
• Possession or use of drug paraphernalia,
• Providing alcohol to minors.
About the Snow Hill Rotary Club: The Rotary Club of Snow Hill, Maryland, offers opportunities for Rotary members to partner with local organizations to make a difference in their community and throughout the world. Through meetings, weekly guest speakers, social events, and volunteer projects, the Rotary Club examines issues facing their community and communities all over the world, partnering with local, national, and global experts to exchange ideas about potential solutions and to draw up action plans to respond.
For more information about substance abuse, opioids, treatment, Naloxone/Narcan training, MD 2-1-1 and the Good Samaritan Law, visit DecisionsMatter.org or contact 410-632-1100.