Mid-Shore Health Futures: UM Medical System and Shore Health Team Up to Fight Opioid Drug Epidemic

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With such successful awareness campaigns as “Talbot Goes Purple” and “Recovery For Shore” events alerting the Mid-Shore community of the dangers and tragedies that come with this unprecedented wave of the opioid abuse creating havoc in rural Maryland, we thought it might be a good time to check in with University of Maryland’s Shore Regional Health, and its parent organization, the University of Maryland Medical System, to understand more about the crisis and more importantly, their approach to education and treatment for those seeking help for themselves or their loved ones.

That gave us the opportunity to spend some time with the University of Maryland’s leading expert on addiction and treatment, Dr. Eric Weintraub, who heads up the alcohol and drug abuse division of the University’s Medical Center, and Donna Jacobs, the MMS’s vice president for community health,to discuss the current state of the epidemic and their community outreach efforts.

One example of that kind of outreach will take place on November 29 at Chesapeake College’s Todd Theatre, and three other locations in Maryland, as hundreds of stakeholders gather to talk at the Not All Wounds are Visible: A Community Conversation about Addiction and Substance Abuse . This event is open to the public and provides an opportunity to hear from and talk to healthcare professionals and community leaders about addiction and substance abuse, including opioid and other drug addictions, as well as recovery programs and strategies.

This video is approximately nine minutes in length. For more information about Not All Wounds are Visible: A Community Conversation about Addiction and Substance Abuse please go here

 

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  1. rachel goss says:

    Recovery For Shore is the name of our group.

    Many thanks, R

  2. rachel goss says:

    “…if we can educate the public…” EW
    We are trying. There are many Boots On The Ground all over the Shore.
    While there are free, public events frequently offered in all of our Counties, we in Kent have plans to carry the messages of Recovery and Prevention directly to groups…churches, community organizations…even private businesses.

    For more information, feel free to call 410-778-6404 and ask for me by name.

    To The Chestertown Spy: Thank you for continuing to highlight the Opioid Epidemic.

  3. As the Local Addictions Authority for Kent County I can only echo Rachel’s statements. Kent County has been working to combat the Opioid Epidemic on many levels. We’ve held multiple community educational forums at our local volunteer fire halls. We will be taking this message to the faith based community. We have been privileged to partner with a local barbershop in Chestertown to provide Narcan training. We will go anywhere, anytime to ensure that our community has the necessary tools to combat this epidemic. Our message is clear. Every life is priceless. Recovery works and is attainable. We will not rest until this community is educated about this disease and armed to save lives.

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