• Click on link for list of recipients.

  • The Collaboration Council announces the availability of mini-grant funding to help community-based organizations deliver activities to middle and high school youth and those under age 21 that will help prevent their illegal use and abuse of alcohol, marijuana, over-the-counter, prescription and/or other drugs. Grants can range from $500 to $1,000; applicants must provide a local match (cash, in-kind) equal to 30% of the requested mini-grant amount. Applications are due November 2, 2018. This is part of the Collaboration Council led Many Voices for Smart Choices—Montgomery County Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse. Funding comes from the Montgomery County government. Click on title to download the complete details.

  • As a parent, you are one of the biggest influences on your child’s decision to try alcohol or other drugs. There are several effective ways to discourage your kid from trying addictive substances, and you can be the biggest source of support if your child needs help recovering from addiction.

  • Drugs and alcohol have a greater effect on teens than on adults. The signs of addiction can be difficult to understand, and many teens don’t realize the long-term damage drugs have on their bodies because the short-term side effects fade. Help is available for teens who have questions about drug abuse or think they are suffering from addiction.

  • A video message from Nancy Dana, a Bethesda-Chevy Chase mom, who talks about her son, Taylor, a B-CC student, who died last year of an overdose at age 19.

  • USA Today, May 24, 2015 by Liz Szabo

  • “America Tonight”

    Thursday, April 2nd at 10pm (with re-run at 12midnight) Al Jazeera’s TV Show, “America Tonight” will be producing an in-depth story about the devastating effects heroin is having on Maryland. Channel 107 on Comcast, DIRECTV Channel 347, DISH Network Channel 216,
    Verizon FiOS Channel 114 and 614(HD).

  • The Collaboration Council seeks Letters of Interest from experienced public relations/marketing businesses to serve as a pre-approved pool of potential vendors to perform various tasks related to the PR/marketing of the Collaboration Council’s Many Voices Smart Choices/Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework initiatives targeting opioid misuse.

  • Mark Your Calendars, and Please Spread the Word!
    • Baltimore City - April 15
    • Southern Maryland (Prince Frederick) - April 29
    • Western Maryland (Hagerstown) - May 18
    • Southern Eastern Shore (Salisbury) - June 10
    • DC Suburbs (Rockville) - June 30

  • FACT: The 3 commonly abused classes of prescription drugs are: opioids, stimulants, and CNS depressants. http://ow.ly/JluA4

  • Prescription medications can be a powerful tool in the treatment of acute or chronic pain. However, they can also have unintended consequences. Read more in Administrator Hyde’s SAMHSA News column: .

  • ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today joined with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford to announce the establishment of both the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force and a separate Inter-Agency Coordinating Council.

  • Troy Garver, who was addicted to prescription pain medication, went to prison for selling morphine pills in 2014. Now he's trying to rebuild his life. As a part of his recovery he takes monthly shots of Vivitrol, a drug that may revolutionize the treatment of opioid addiction. (Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post)

  • Hooked
    Producer: Maggie Burbank
    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

    When young athletes are injured, doctors commonly prescribe painkillers such as Percocet or Vicodin, leading in some cases to addiction. But when the prescription runs out and they hit the streets looking for a fix, they find pain pills too expensive and turn to heroin, a much cheaper alternative containing the same ingredient. Studies show that this a common progression and that adolescents who participate in organized sports are more likely to be prescribed and abuse these opioids, in part because of the pressure to return to action. REAL SPORTS correspondent Soledad O'Brien sits down with former football and baseball players to hear how addiction took hold and learn about their paths to recovery.

  • More people in Montgomery County die of heroin overdoses than homicides. Anne Arundel’s county executive is declaring it a public health emergency and now the state numbers are in: heroin deaths are increasing across Maryland.--WTOP News

  • WJLA, By Jeff Goldberg

  • Mother of heroin addict hopes to change laws

  • A new national report reveals that “bath salts,” a group of drugs containing amphetamine-type stimulants, were linked to an estimated 22,904 visits to hospital emergency departments in 2011. The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the first national study to track bath salts drugs to hospital emergency department visits since these drugs emerged a few years ago. (Source: SAMHSA)

  • Scientists have long known how drugs act on the brain’s reward center, but a researcher shows that societal factors play a large role in addiction, too. (Source: The New York Times, by John Tierney)

  • A new SAMHSA report shows that people age 12 to 49 who had used prescription pain relievers nonmedically were 19 times more likely to have initiated heroin use recently (within the past 12 months of being interviewed). The report also shows that four out of five recent heroin initiates (79.5 percent) had previously used prescription pain relievers nonmedically. (Source: SAMSA)

  • Young adults not in college are more than twice as likely to report using synthetic cannabinoids or synthetic cathinones than those attending college full time, according to the most recent data from the national Monitoring the Future survey. Nearly one in ten high school graduates who were one to four years out of high school reported using synthetic cannabinoids, also known as spice or K2, in the past year, compared to 4.3% of full-time college students. (Source: Center for Substance Abuse Research)

  • Nationally, the Drug Abuse Warning Network reports that the number of MDMA-related emergency-room visits have doubled since 2004. But a greater worry for doctors and law enforcement officials is the many substances that people might be ingesting unknowingly when they take Molly. (Source: The New York Times, by
    Irina Aleksander)