With overdoses of opioid drugs, especially heroin laced with fentanyl, on the rise in the county and many deaths occurring, the Rotary Clubs of St. Mary’s County announce an event to spread awareness of and promote action against addiction: ““Helping Our Community, Helping Ourselves: Rotary Presents an Opioid Misuse Prevention Workshop.” Organized in partnership with St. Mary’s County Schools, St Mary’s County Health Department, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department, Med-Star St Mary’s Hospital, and Walden-Sierra, the workshop will engage the entire community: people of all ages, families, and employers.

“Our response to the Opioid Crisis must be quite different from the response to the marijuana and drug abuse of a decade or two ago, when abusers were criminalized,” says Ben Latigo of Lexington Park Rotary. “Now we must treat those suffering in this crisis as having a disease. Our county’s entire system–law enforcement, health system, and care providers–are all working to assist the victims.”

The workshop will be at Great Mills High School (21130 Great Mills Rd) on November 29, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM.

“We hope to engage everyone in the community,” explains Robin Finnacom of Leonardtown Rotary. “This crisis is affecting people of all ages and every demographic in St Mary’s County. The information being presented is vital for everyone.”

The event will include a panel presenting on the crisis in St Mary’s, including causes, extent, and prevention and treatment. Three workshops will follow on important topics: getting Naloxone training to save lives of those overdosing; talking about recovery, including a conversation with people who have been affected by the crisis; a viewing and discussion of the video “The Hungry Heart.”

“We are grateful for the support of our partners,” says Toni Kruszka of Charlotte Hall Rotary. “This is yet another demonstration of the community spirit of our county, joining together to solve a problem. Rotary has a long and distinguished history of fighting disease in the world. We look forward to helping fight this disease here at home.”

Press Release from: St. Mary’s County Government 

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