LEONARDTOWN, MD (July 30, 2018) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) and the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development (DED) are jointly working to assess the effects of the opioid epidemic on the business community in St Mary’s County. Understanding the impact of the substance abuse epidemic on the local workforce and employers will help the county better respond. SMCHD and DED are encouraging business owners, employers, managers, and human resources professionals to take a very brief survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/WorkforceOpioidCrisis

“Our prime working age population, people in their 20s through 50s, have been significantly impacted by the opioid epidemic,” stated Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “We need to know how this is affecting our local businesses so we can get them the right resources and support.”

The survey will also be distributed via social media and email blasts from partnering organizations. The deadline to participate in the survey is August 20, 2018.

For more information on the opioid crisis or local resources to help, please visit: www.smchd.org/opioid