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Resource: Maryland Certified Substance Use Treatment Locator

Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 14, 2017
If you are looking for a provider of substance use treatment, the Maryland Treatment Locator will provide you with listings of certified substance use treatment providers that fit your criteria. Search with as few or as many criteria as you’d like to enter by using the selections in the drop-down menu boxes. For a targeted search, enter the county in which you are se ..

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National Recovery Month

Beth Hess - Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Like other chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, substance use disorders can be successfully managed with proper treatment, yet less than 10% of youth needing substance use treatment receive any treatment services. September, recognized as National Recovery Month, is an opportunity for each of us to raise awareness and understanding of substance use disorders. ..

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International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Communities throughout Maryland will recognize International Overdose Awareness Day (https://www.overdoseday.com/) on August 31 and National Recovery Month (https://www.recoverymonth.gov/) in September. International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families  ..

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The Marijuana Debate and Teens

Beth Hess - Monday, July 17, 2017
Amid the loosening of laws related to marijuana, including the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes in some states, there has been a lot of conversation about how it will impact youth. One fear is that de-criminalization and legalization will convey to youth the message that marijuana use is acceptable, and cause an increase in its use among adolesc ..

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Raising Awareness of a Life-Saving Law

Beth Hess - Monday, July 10, 2017
As the number of drug overdoses continues to increase in Maryland (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/new-report-overdose-deaths-increase-66-in-maryland-between-2015-and-2016), MCF’s Family Peer Support staff are in the community raising awareness of a life-saving law—the Good Samaritan—Law which protects people assisting in an emergency overdose situation from a ..

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New Report: Overdose Deaths Increase 66% in Maryland between 2015 and 2016

Beth Hess - Thursday, July 06, 2017
Maryland saw a 66 percent increase in overdose deaths from 2015 to 2016, according to a report issued earlier this month by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Of 2,089 overdose death's last year, 89 percent were opioid-related, a number which increased by 70 percent between 2015 and 2016. Governor Hogan has declared a state of emergency to address the opioid  ..

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A Novel Approach to Opioid Prevention in Schools

Beth Hess - Friday, June 16, 2017
Many schools have been reluctant to incorporate a strong opioid prevention education component into their curriculum for fear that they will be perceived as having an opioid problem. Carroll County schools are an exception. In addition to heroin and opioid prevention programming developed by the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, a number of middle schools re ..

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Have you ever wondered, “What is family peer support?”

Beth Hess - Monday, May 22, 2017
“Family peer support” is at the heart of much of MCF’s work with families. Did you know it’s a model followed by many organizations across the country? Early research suggests that family peer support offers a host of benefits to parents and caregivers seeking help for a child with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use ch ..

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Role Modeling as You Celebrate

Beth Hess - Wednesday, December 14, 2016
The consumption of alcohol is an integral part of the holidays for many – office parties, egg nog and a champagne toast are just a few of the holiday traditions that involve alcohol. An unfortunate consequence is a sharp increase in alcohol-related accidents and deaths during the holiday season. For parents and caregivers, the holiday season offers an excellent  ..

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Parent Toolkit: Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Intervention

Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 22, 2016
In response to the national opioid epidemic and the increased use of these highly-addictive and lethal substances among 18-25 year olds, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Discovery Education recently announced a joint nationwide education initiative called Operation Prevention. Operation Prevention (https://www.operationprevention.com/) is designed to ..

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