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.”
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.