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Published on October 5th, 2016 | by SOMDParents

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Community Heroin & Opioid Forum

Submitted by The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

Community Assembly on Opioids in St. Mary’s County

The citizens of St. Mary’s County have not been immune from the impact of opioid addiction, and this affliction has left our youth vulnerable. In order to help educate the community about the dangers of prescription drug and opioid abuse, as well as the tragic consequences of addiction, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have produced a documentary titled “Chasing the Dragon.” This film chronicles how drug abuse devastates lives and draws attention to the prescription drug and heroin epidemic in the United States.

Locally, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Southern Maryland Young Marines Unit, the FBI Baltimore Field Office and St. Mary’s County Public Schools to provide a free screening of this film on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chopticon High School Auditorium, located at 25390 Colton Point Road in Morganza, Maryland. Through the video, the FBI and DEA hope to make personal connections. To that end, representatives from treatment, prevention, law enforcement and public health will hold a brief panel discussion before the screening. Representatives from St. Mary’s County Public Schools, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, St. Mary’s County Health Department, St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services and Walden Behavioral Health will address the topic of opioid abuse in St. Mary’s County, and how their respective agencies are addressing this crisis. State and Federal stakeholders will also be at the event.

The St. Mary’s County Health Department is also offering an Overdose Response Program for free to community members following the documentary screening. Individuals who participate in this training will learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose and will receive a free Naloxone Kit. Visit http://www.smchd.org/overdose for more information on the Overdose Response Program and to register for this training. Walk-ins will be accepted, but registration is preferred.

Please visit http://smcso.eventbrite.com today to register, get directions, or share this event. For additional questions contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Office, Jennifer Stone at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or email Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.

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