Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism Now Accepting Concept Papers for Grants That Help Prevent Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse

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The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is now accepting concept papers for 2017 AmeriCorps State-Targeted Priority program grants in Maryland. These grants will fund service activities that address critical community needs, namely the need to prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse and strengthen law enforcement and community relations.

In order to understand statewide needs and identify prospective applicants for this grant opportunity, the Office on Service and Volunteerism is partnering with Governor Larry Hogan’s Opioid Operational Command Center, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“Marylanders from every corner of the state know the devastation that heroin and opioid abuse can cause,” said Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. “That’s why it’s so important that groups already dedicated to community service become a part of our statewide fight to end this epidemic.”

Through additional funds provided by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism has hired a special initiatives coordinator to assist in this grant process. Working with the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the coordinator’s goal is to ensure that Maryland is equipped to effectively address the opioid epidemic.

The grants come on the heels of Governor Hogan’s announcement of the administration’s 2017 Heroin and Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement Initiative, a multi-pronged and sweeping administrative and legislative effort to continue addressing Maryland’s ongoing opioid and heroin epidemic.

The first step in the application process for a 2017 AmeriCorps State-Targeted Priority program grant is to submit a concept paper, due by 10 a.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017. Concept papers will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 24. At that time, accepted applicants will be invited to complete a full grant application, due in April. The funding year will run from August 15, 2017, to August 14, 2018. To submit a concept paper or for more information, visit gosv.maryland.gov/available- funding/.

About the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism
The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. Through the use of federal dollars, the office funds AmeriCorps State programs to support community service efforts in Maryland. Each year, the office recognizes more than 200,000 Maryland volunteers on behalf of the governor.

Addiction Treatment Round Table Focuses on Rural Challenges

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A round table discussion on solutions to the rural opioid epidemic was held Tuesday, October 18 at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department in Chester. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted the forum, which was chaired by Jeff Eschmeyer, senior advisor to the Secretary of USDA.

Eschmeyer cited many issues specific to rural areas, including insufficient treatment and recovery facilities, the long distances people must travel to seek or access treatment, and fear of stigma in communities where everyone knows each other.

Additional attendees included other USDA officials, officials from the Farm Service Agency in Maryland and Delaware, law enforcement officers, mental health officials, and leaders in the community

The Star Democrat recently reported on the round table discussion and the challenges faced by drug addicts in rural areas here.

Recovery: Lethal Marketing and The Royal Court of OxyContin

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Again, we keep coming across the message that consumers are merely profit streams in the pharmaceutical world, even if it means endangering and even killing through easier access to opioids.

Unsealed internal documents reveal Abbott Laboratories inappropriate marketing campaign to sell OxyContin. This is only one example of cynical business practices trumping concern for the health of the nation.

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Health Spending for Opioid Treatment Increases 1,375 Percent Since 2011

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A recent article in Kaiser Health News observes that health spending related to opioid treatment has risen 1,375 percent from 2011 to 2015, underscoring the dramatic increase of opioid abuse and addiction.

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Study: Health Spending Related To Opioid Treatment Rose More Than 1,300 Percent

Lethal Counterfeit Drugs Hitting US Streets

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“Street Lethal” is a term I’m coining for the plethora of counterfeit drugs laced with fentanyl—drug that can be 1000 times more potent than heroin,—currently hitting American streets.

As Salon reports, we are still behind the curve of getting the word out and it should concern all of us.

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Christ Church-Easton to Host Recovery Celebration on September 17

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To celebrate September as National Recovery Month, Recovery for Shore is planning a free community event, Saturday, September 17, 2016, 5-8 p.m. at Christ Church–Easton, 111 South Harrison Street in Easton.

“Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” will begin with the “Alive at Five” worship service in the church at 5 p.m. To highlight the reality of successful, long-term recovery now enjoyed by 23 million of Americans, Recovery for Shore member Bruce Strazza, who formerly was a drug user and dealer, will offer his testimony during the hour-long service. (A preview of Strazza’s testimony may be viewed on Christ Church–Easton’s Youtube channel, here. 

Following the service, there will be a free, picnic-style barbecue supper and live music (on the lawn or in the church hall, depending on the weather). Recovery for Shore members will be on hand with information about community resources for prevention, treatment, advocacy, support groups and much more.

Says Sharon Dundon, coordinator for Recovery for Shore, “We welcome those in recovery and their family and friends, and also those still struggling with addiction and/or mental illness for themselves or within their families. We had a great turnout for our Walk of Hope for Recovery last April and at our Recovery Dinner two years ago, and we’d love to see 200 people come out for this celebration.”

In addition to Recovery for Shore and Christ Church–Easton, “Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” event sponsors to date include Chesapeake Treatment Services, Earth Data, Inc., Mariah’s Mission Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/Maryland (NCADD), Queen Anne’s County Health Department, Shore Behavioral Health and Warwick Manor.

Recovery for Shore members at a recent planning meeting for the "Recovery Happens - A Message of Hope" celebration. Front row: Jana Leslie, Christ-Church Easton; Sharon Dundon, Shore Behavioral Health; Valerie Albee, Mariah’s Mission Fund; and Tierra Molock, Talbot County Health Department. Back row: Jim Dissette, Spy Publications Recovery Portal; Keith Richards, Warwick Manor Behavioral Health; Bruce Strazza, Christ Church-Easton; Jay Frost, Talbot County Addictions; Lynne Ewing, Talbot Partnership; and Lisa Flynn, Shore Behavioral Health.

Recovery for Shore members at a recent planning meeting for the “Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” celebration. Front row: Jana Leslie, Christ-Church Easton; Sharon Dundon, Shore Behavioral Health; Valerie Albee, Mariah’s Mission Fund; and Tierra Molock, Talbot County Health Department. Back row: Jim Dissette, Spy Publications Recovery Portal; Keith Richards, Warwick Manor Behavioral Health; Bruce Strazza, Christ Church-Easton; Jay Frost, Talbot County Addictions; Lynne Ewing, Talbot Partnership; and Lisa Flynn, Shore Behavioral Health.

For more information or to volunteer assistance with the event, visit http://www.christchurcheaston.org/ or Recovery for Shore on Facebook.

Don’t Forget: International Overdose Awareness Day August 31

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Recovery: “Generation Found” Film in Salisbury September 21

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The National Council on Alcoholism; Drug Dependence-Maryland is sponsoring “Generation Found” at Regal Theater in Salisbury, 7:30 pm, September 21, 2016 with a reception prior to the movie screening. Afterwards, filmmaker Greg Williams leads a panel discussion addressing Recovery High Schools, Collegiate Recovery Centers, and the Recovery Youth Movement.

To reserve seats for this significant Easter Shore event, go to http://gathr.us/screening/16986