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
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.