The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) and St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) hosted a Town Hall Meeting to present key findings from the 2014 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) for St. Mary’s County, Maryland on June 22, 2016 at the SMCPS Central Administration Office. The meeting presentation and associated fact sheets are available below for community members that were unable to attend the Town Hall.
The YRBS is a national school-based survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with state and local-level education, health and governmental agencies. This survey monitors health-risk behaviors of the nation’s high school students which contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social issues among youth and young adults. Monitored behaviors include suicide; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behavior; violence; and diet, nutrition, and exercise.
The 2014 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was administered to students in the public high schools in St. Mary’s County. Participating students voluntarily completed an anonymous self-administered questionnaire about their health behaviors. Survey procedures were designed to protect the privacy of students and adhered to local parental permission procedures.
“The aggregate YRBS data will help us identify the most pressing health concerns affecting our adolescent youth,” said Dr. Meenakshi Brewster, Health Officer for St. Mary’s County. “This information then guides community-wide efforts to provide our youth and families the services they really need.”
Community members are encouraged to review the materials from the Town Hall Meeting for a review of the results from this survey as well as information on local action to address health issues. For more information on the YRBS, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/ or the SMCHD website at http://www.smchd.org/data.
What is the ORP?
The Overdose Response Program (ORP) is a program designed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to train community members to do the following:
- Recognize an opioid overdose
- Respond to an opioid overdose (e.g., call 9-1-1, use the recovery position, perform rescue breathing)
- Know how to use naloxone in the event of an overdose
Who should participate in the ORP?
- Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible
- Anyone with close contacts (e.g., family members, friends, housemates, neighbors) who are using opiates
- Anyone who may be in a situation (e.g., work, volunteer, social) where an overdose may occur
- Anyone currently receiving methadone
- Anyone with an opiate prescription
- Anyone with a history of opiate abuse
- Anyone suspected of using opiates for non-medical reasons
Where can I get trained?
The St. Mary’s County Health Department will be offering the Overdose Response Program for free to community members who may be able to save the life of someone experiencing breathing problems from opioid overdose.
Visit http://www.smchd.org/overdose/ to register.
Successfully trained individuals will receive a certificate allowing them to obtain a prescription for naloxone (Narcan®), a life-saving medication that can quickly restore the breathing of a person who has overdosed on heroin or prescription opioid pain medication like oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, fentanyl or methadone.
Who Should Receive a Naloxone Prescription?
- Anyone who has completed the Overdose Response Program
- Anyone with a known history of IV drug use or misuse of prescription opiates
- Anyone who receives high-dose opiates or receives opiates chronically
- Anyone who has been hospitalized for opiate overdose
- Anyone who uses opiates with antidepressants, benzodiazepines, alcohol, or other drugs
- Anyone who uses opiates with a history of major organ dysfunction (renal, hepatic, cardiac, pulmonary)
- Anyone using opiates with a history of mental illness
- Anyone receiving treatment for substance use disorder
This video is intended to educate parents and other adults about the harm and risks associated with allowing alcohol to be served to minor in their homes (social hosting) and to depict the unexpected problems that can occur in that situation. It is designed to be introduced by local community prevention leaders to stimulate discussion about the dangers of social hosting, and intended to be shown at venues such as Back to School Night, PTA meetings, parent workshops, and other school events. This video was produced through the SAMHSA/CSAP Underage Drinking Prevention Education Initiatives (UADPEI) in an ongoing collaboration with States and Territories to produce videos that support local underage drinking prevention communications efforts. Across the Nation, every State and Territory is unique and so are their approaches to preventing and reducing underage drinking. The video project supports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Strategic Initiative #1: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, which states, “… prevention of underage drinking [is] a priority for States, Territories, Tribal entities, universities and communities.”
Spread the word about this FREE training that is being offered by the Community Alcohol Coalition (CAC) in partnership with the St. Mary’s Sheriffs Department.
This training will educate servers, sellers, management, and owners on correct alcohol and tobacco sales and service practices.
If you or your staff are responsible for serving and/or selling alcohol or tobacco, then you know compliance is critical. Keeping informed and up to date on the most recent requirements can be challenging. This training program is designed to educate servers. seller, management and owners on correct alcohol and tobacco sales and service practices.
There are TWO sessions scheduled, a morning and an afternoon option to allow for flexibility. This is an opportunity for those involved in the sale of alcohol and tobacco to be informed on the most current polices and to network with peers and county officials.
Participants receive a “Certificate of Completion” and resource materials will be available.
All participants arc also eligible to receive door prizes.
Bay District Volunteer Fire Department 46900 S Shangri-La Drive Lexington Park, MD
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Two Time Slots Available 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Cpl. James R. Stone
Alcohol Enforcement Coordinator Special Operations Division
Participants MUST RSVP by March 24th to:
Kendall Wood Program Coordinator
On March 10, 2015, over 150 St. Mary’s County students participated in and facilitated the first student run
Youth Drug Prevention Summit!
The Youth Drug Prevention Summit featured interactive learning programs, information from community organizations, and keynote speaker Frank Kros from the Upside Down Organization.
The purpose of the summit was to increase awareness and educate community students about the risk and dangers associated with substance misuse. Furthermore, student organizers and adult mentors hoped to generate discussion about future projects and engage youth in local prevention efforts that will serve to bring further understanding to all St. Mary’s County school age students about this issue.
Drug Summit Links
Youth Prevention Drug Summit Home Page
Student Fact Sheet
Upside Down Organization
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
Community Alcohol Coalition
MedStar Family Choice
NAMI Southern Maryland
St. Mary’s County Department of Aging &and Human Services
St. Mary’s County Health Department
St. Mary’s County Library
Drug Summit News
SMCPS Drug Summit Article
SoMdNews Drug Summit Coverage
Official Drug Summit Press Release
St. Mary’s County was recently awarded a grant from the Behavioral Health Administration to implement the Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP) to address opioid misuse. As part of the OMPP, we are participating in a statewide survey about prescription opioids and heroin in our community. The result will provide valuable data for a planning process going forward.
Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey. HSMP members are encouraged to share the survey link and info in any ways possible (contact lists, listservs, facebook pages, websites, etc.). Survey participants must be Maryland residents who are 18 years or older.
Take the Survey
At the end of the survey you will be able to enter a weekly drawing for a $50 gift card, as well as a one time $100 grand prize gift card. Your contact information for the drawing will be collected in a separate location and can never be linked to your survey responses.
Thank you for your commitment to addressing this issue in our community.