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International Overdose Awareness Day Thursday, August 31, 2017

 

In response to International Overdose Awareness Day, Montgomery County invites you to:

2nd Annual Ceremony of Remembrance

Thursday, August 31, 2017
7:00 pm
Come early for the Resource Fair at 5:30 pm
Justice Plaza
Montgomery County Circuit Court Rockville, MD

  If you need more information AND/OR you would like to have your loved one remembered in a memorial video, please send – by August 24 – up to 10 pictures, with their name, date of birth and date of death to rememberingourlovedones2017@gmail.com. For more information, view this flyer.

This event is hosted by S.O.U.L. (Surviving Our Ultimate Loss) families of Montgomery County in partnership with the Montgomery County Government and the Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Court

Maryland Treatment Locator Directory

The State of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Behavioral Health Administration has provided the Maryland Certified Treatment Directory.  This directory lists of all state certified substance abuse treatment programs in Maryland. If you need further assistance locating treatment call 410-402-8600. In addition to location, you can also search by Provider Name, Level of Care and Special Populations


For Example you can search Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs, including opioid treatment programs (OTPs), that combine behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. For local programs,search infoMONTGOMERY, or visit the Statewide site for programs outside our county.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 29, 2017

Recycle/Dispose of your medications in Montgomery County! The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. You can bring unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines. This is service is free and anonymous. See this flyer for locations. These municipalities have permanent drop-off sites. The collection sites are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. Liquids, inhalers, aerosol cans, regular household ointments/lotions, needles/sharps and thermometers are not accepted.
  • Chevy Chase Village Police Department Medication Drop Box, 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
  • City of Gaithersburg Prescription Medication Disposal, 14 Fulks Corner Avenue Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877-2066
  • City of Takoma Park Prescription Drug Take Back, 7500 Maple Avenue, 1st Floor Lobby, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

Parent Talk Kit: Tips for Talking and What to Say to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The Prevention Coalition has put together drug use and abuse prevention resource for parents, teachers, counselors and other concerned adults.  They’ve put together articles that were designed to help educate parents and other caregivers  on teen drug use and abuse and help parents & guardians prevent drug use & abuse in their children.  See their website for these and other articles:  

Recycle/Dispose of your medications in Montgomery County

The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is October 22, 2016. We will link to local drop-off details when that information is available.

We accept medicine which is expired or not longer needed as trash Special disposal as household hazardous waste is not necessary.
  • Place unwanted or expired medication into a sealable plastic bag or other empty container to prevent liquid medications from leaking out.
  • Mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust. (Liquid medications can be solidified using kitty litter or sawdust.)
  • Seal the bag and/or container.
  • Put the bag and/or container containing the medication into your regular household trash.
  • Remove the label with the patient’s name from the original medicine vial or bottle.
  • Place the empty plastic vial or bottle into your blue recycling bin. Empty aerosol inhalers can be recycled in your recycling bin, too.
These municipalities have permanant drop-off sites. The collection sites are open 24 hours a day, seven days a weekDrugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. Liquids, inhalers, aerosol cans, regular household ointments/lotions, needles/sharps and thermometers are not accepted. 
Do not dispose of medicine by pouring it down the drain or into a toilet, unless the label or patient instructions specifically advise this. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that a very small list of extremely powerful narcotic pain relievers and other controlled substances should be disposed by flushing them down the toilet if these drugs cannot be disposed of through a drug take-back program. View current FDA list. How to dispose of unused medicines – United States Food and Drug Administration

NPR’s How Parents Can Help Their Underage Kids Resist Alcohol

Educating parents about the effects of teenage drinking may be just as important as educating teens. Two recent studies found that the signals parents send about drinking behaviors will impact their children’s future alcohol usage. Setting limits and expectations, and providing a supportive home setting are important elements of delaying and preventing teen alcohol use. One study encouraged parents to discuss the dangers of drinking with their children through a home-based alcohol prevention program. The suggested program was tested and found to be successful, as third graders who received this program were much less inclined than the comparison group to drink four years later. To learn more about these studies and findings, click here.

Choosing an Alcohol Treatment Program

Recovering from an alcohol addiction can be difficult, but remission is possible with the right treatment program. Choosing the best program to suit your needs is critical to a full recovery. There are many different alcohol treatment programs offered in Montgomery County. Helpguide.org publishes this webpage that describes  the types of alcohol treatment programs and how to find an alcohol treatment program in the U.S.

The Department of Health and Human Services Screening and Assessment Services for Children and Adolescents (SASCA) Service assesses individual needs and provides information about potential treatment options.

Adventist Health Care Behavioral Health and Wellness Services offers both an Adult and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for Chemical Dependency. These programs offer specialized treatment based around a 12-step program to recovery. Individual sessions are included in the program to increase motivation and provide for each participants specific needs.

Suburban Hospital Addiction Treatment Center offers both outpatient and inpatient programs for those recovering from alcohol abuse and addiction.

Choosing a Drug Treatment Program

The process of overcoming a substance addiction is difficult, but not impossible. Each person requires a slightly different treatment plan in order to fully recover and get back to living a healthy life. There are many resources available to find the best drug treatment program for your needs or the needs of your loved one  Helpguide.org publishes this webpage with useful information on they types of programs available, and tips on how to choose an appropriate program.

The Department of Health and Human Services Screening and Assessment Services for Children and Adolescents (SASCA) Service assesses individual needs and provides information about potential treatment options.

Adventist Health Care Behavioral Health and Wellness Services offers both an Adult and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for Chemical Dependency. These programs offer specialized treatment based around a 12-step program to recovery. Individual sessions are included in the program to increase motivation and provide for each participants specific needs.

Suburban Hospital Addiction Treatment Center offers both outpatient and inpatient programs for those recovering from substance abuse and addiction.

Addictions and Recovery from Helpguide.org

Getting caught in the addiction cycle can make recovery seem impossible. But with the right treatment, support, and lifestyle changes, it is possible to get back on track. Taking the initiative to make a change is the first step of addiction recovery. Many different treatment options are available and each person may need a different treatment plan. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress and deal with cravings will take time, but will tremendously help with the recovery process. Friends and family are great sources of support, and support groups with other recovering addicts are easily accessible. read more on helpguide.org

FYI: Programs in our Community

Adult Intensive Outpatient Program for Chemical Dependency: Provides assistance in transitioning back to everyday life to those recovering from alcohol and/or drug addictions.

Avery Road Treatment Center: Provides outpatient care and detoxification for adults overcoming addiction.

Mental Health/Substance Abuse Screening and Referral: Provides assessment, screening, and referral to low-income individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse.

Many Voices Smart Choices: A community-wide alliance looking to reduce substance abuse in youth by promoting and providing recovery and prevention services.

Teenage Drinking

It is important for both parents and teens to understand the consequences and dangers of underage drinking. Parents should talk to their children about making smart, healthy choices and avoiding alcohol use. Many Voices Smart Choices is a county-wide alliance intended to prevent and reduce substance abuse within Montgomery County. By promoting and providing substance abuse prevention programs and services, Many Voices Smart Choices aims to change the social environment and reduce risk factors for county youth.

Strengthening Families is a nationally recognized program designed to increase effective parenting skills, encourage youth to develop healthy lifestyle skills, and prevent substance abuse. Call (301) 610-0147 or click here for more information on how to get involved. 

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