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Montgomery County Collaboration Council is featured in the Montgomery Sentinel's news article about the opioid education and awareness forum held at Damascus Community Recreational Center on April 9 2019.

Damascus Community Forum

Adults and children are invited to attend this event designed to share information about the opioid epidemic and how to prevent opioid misuse and abuse. Learn about the opioid epidemic from the perspectives of medical science, law enforcement, and families affected by this epidemic in our communities.
The effects of opioids on the brain Signs and symptoms of opioid misuse The Good Samaritan Law
Proper administration of Naloxone (Narcan)

As you prepare for all of the gifts, parties and dinners headed your way this season, here are some ideas for how to decrease stress during the holidays.

Offering a glimmer of progress in efforts to quell the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history.

Hear from LT Charles Carafano of the Montgomery County Police share about the opioid crisis in Montgomery County.

Opioids are highly addictive and extremely dangerous. Share this 30 second video.

“Before It’s Too Late” Web Portal to Provide Resources, Raise Awareness of Opioid Crisis. To read the full press release, go to

Join FED UP in Washington, DC on Thursday, August 31! Register here today.

County-wide Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click on link to find the location nearest you!

A new series on County Cable Montgomery. Here is the first show: Heroin – The Quiet Epidemic about the rise of overdose cases over the last five years in the County. “Every parent needs to watch it,” said a review of the video in the independent online news source Rockville View.

Mischa Barton drugged while out drinking with friends.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is inviting public comment on a draft of its drug testing appropriateness document. The document will provide guidance on the use of drug testing in the diagnosis, treatment, and promotion of recovery for patients with, or at risk for, addiction. Intended for addiction specialists and all providers utilizing drug testing in the context of addiction treatment, this document strives to identify and define clinical decision-making junctures that meet the needs of most patients in most circumstances; while emphasizing that not all cases necessitate the same treatment.

Issue Date: December 8, 2016
First Closing Date: Monday, January 12, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

This solicitation seeks to identify qualified trainers to deliver workshops with content that build/strengthen the core competencies of youth development practitioners and deepen the learning experience with facilitation guided by adult learning principles.

Check out our short video highlighting change and growth in 2016. Looking forward to another GREAT year. Thanks for being part of it!

Are you a Maryland Resident? If so, YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU!
Complete a 10-minute survey about Rx opioids and heroin in your community

A news segment, produced by Euronews, features our Alliance member, Mr. Don Wood, whose 32 year-old son died of a fatal overdose.

Opioid Overdose Response Program including Naloxone administration: Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services through support from the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration is offering free trainings on the identification of an opioid overdose and steps you can take to save someone’s life. NEXT TRAINING IS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Rockville. DEADLINE TO REGISTER: December 9!

Our Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse is sponsoring a PREVENTION SYMPOSIUM, October 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, 3.0 Prevention CEUs available.

MTV teams up with President Obama and multi-platinum artist and recovering addict Macklemore to go inside America's opioid epidemic.

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. Applications are due November 4, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Free Webinar: Effects of Marijuana Use on the Brain will be held Aug. 25 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. EST and will feature Dr. Ty Brumback from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Brumback will present his findings on the effects of marijuana use on brain structure and function. Deadline to register is Aug. 23.

Tuesday, August 9th, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Oakdale Church, Olney, MD. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Light snacks and drinks.

NIDA: New York City Issued a Synthetic Cannabinoid (K2/Spice) Advisory, July 14, 2016, due to an increase in adverse events and emergency department visits.

The New York Times, Sunday Preview, Opinion, by By MAIA SZALAVITZJUNE 25, 2016

Baltimore Sun--"This week's ruling by the state's highest court means it's not just illegal to serve minors alcohol, but adults who engage in such behavior can also be sued for civil liability."

Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids increased to about 17,000 deaths a year in 2010, double the number in 2001. This resource was updated in 2016.

Create a safe place for LGBTQ students in your after-school program. Attend Into the Rainbow 5/27. Register by 5/20. Only four spaces left!

Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop, May 24th, is designed to teach parents, caregivers, teachers, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis. Deadline to register is today!

*Excel Beyond the Bell Symposium, Quality Matters, March 15.

*Into the Rainbow: Understanding Sexuality and Gender to Promote Social-Emotional Wellness, March 24. Deadline March 17, only 12 spots left!

Washington Post, by Ovetta Wiggins, February 24, 2016
"Urged on by two grieving fathers, a Maryland Senate committee voted Wednesday to approve a bill that would impose stiffer penalties — including jail time — on adults who provide alcohol to underage drinkers."

Register Now for Our Excel Beyond the Bell Symposium, Quality Matters, March 15th, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus. We will examine key questions around program quality in out-of-school time programs - what is it and why does it matter? Event Fee: $25.00 in advance, $35.00 at the door.

Arise and Flourish, Inc., a member of our Many Voices for Smart Choices Alliance, has a new brochure. Based in Bethesda, it is a nonprofit organization that seeks to educate and raise awareness about the alcohol and drug addiction epidemic that is spreading throughout the Washington D.C. Metro Area. Check out their new brochure to learn more!

Through this Open Solicitation, the Montgomery County Collaboration Council is seeking a consultant that will do a review of local mentoring programs. The scope of this work is to produce a State of Mentoring needs assessment to document and inventory mentoring programs in Montgomery County and knowledge on best practices. Deadline for submission is January 4th, 2016 at 4 p.m.

Prescription opioid analgesics, commonly used to treat pain from surgery, injury, and health conditions such as cancer are growing public health problems as opioid dependence and opioid-related deaths continue to rise. Protect your children, secure your prescription medicine. To learn more about keeping your family safe, visit

A joint effort of the Carroll County Health Department and the Collaboration Council to spread awareness of the connection between heroin use and opioid prescription painkillers misuse/abuse and to inform the public of the resources available.

ANNOUNCING FY16 Under 21 Mini-Grants Now Available. Applications due by 4:00 p.m. October 30, 2015.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday September 26, 2015, 10:00-2:00 p.m. Bring unused or expired prescription medications and over-the-counter medications to a Montgomery County location near you. See flyer for more details!

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council is seeking a dynamic, clinical professional with a masters in mental health, behavioral health, psychology, clinical social work, child and family counseling or a related field. The Mental Health Specialist will utilize excellent communication skills to coordinate the activities of Pathway to Services, the local access mechanism in Montgomery County, and to perform other clinical tasks and other behavioral health consultation. Position Open until Filled

E-cigarette use among middle-school students more than tripled nationally in 2013 and 2014. Currently unregulated and potential risk is unknown. Learn more.

“While this collision is still under investigation, this is what the preliminary investigation has revealed. This tragic collision is the result of speed, underage drinking and failure to use seat belts. The teens in this collision had come from an underage drinking party and containers of beer were found in the vehicle."

UPDATED: Marijuana Drug Facts - Research suggests that moderate amounts of THC are excreted into the breast milk of nursing mothers. The effects on a baby’s developing brain are still unknown.

Written by Patty Winters, Derwood, coordinator of the Brave and Bold Coalition, which advocates against alcohol and drug use by teenagers.

Family Voice Rep on MD Heroin/Opioid Task to be interviewed on radio at Noon today!

Linda Williams, Family Voice representative on the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force, will be interviewed today! Tune in from NOON to 1 p.m. on 88.1 in Baltimore. For other areas, tune in to NPR.

"To bring mental illness out of the shadows and deal with the challenge of drug and alcohol addiction, we need more than one voice. We need many voices." - U.S. Surgeon General

We hope this data book will serve as a tool for collaboration and inspire the commitment of our many partners to make sure all youth live in a caring community with stable families, where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn, successful in school, and prepared for life. We want this to be true for all children.

On May 28th, join us in celebrating 20 years of building brighter futures for our children and youth. RSVP May 22, event is FREE.

Help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary on May 28th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building! There will be special performances by ClancyWorks Dance Company and Class Acts Arts-West African Drumming, and we will be releasing our 2015 Children's Agenda Data Book.

Since 2005, the Collaboration Council has been recognizing outstanding individuals and public and private organizations in our community who have made a significant difference in the lives of our children, youth and families.

News Roundup--Implicit Bias, and Prescription Opioids and Heroin Fact Sheet

Opioids and Heroin Fact Sheet With Montgomery County, Maryland YRBS Data, produced by The Montgomery County Collaboration Council and Many Voices for Smart Choices. Special thank you to Lisa Lowe and Katherine Wood for their contributions to this fact sheet. Please share on social media, listservs, e-newsletters!

Check out the Collaborative Piece, News Roundup produced by the Collaboration Council. This month features the County Executive recruiting community members to apply to join its board to help improve the lives of Montgomery County's children through collaborations such as Many Voices for Smart Choices.

October is Substance Abuse Prevention Month.

In 2011 President Obama issued the first-ever Presidential Proclamation designating October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. The tradition continues in 2014 as parents, youth, schools and community leaders across the country join this month-long observance of the role that substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities.

Acting Surgeon General RADM Boris D. Lushniak speaks on the importance of suicide prevention in support of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline "PreVENTable" video campaign. We all have a role to play in preventing suicide.

The Mini-grants are to support youth alcohol use and substance abuse prevention activities throughout Montgomery County. Deadline is October 31.

“I Choose Today!” Helping youth in their recovery day by day, Friday, July 25th
3 p.m. to 7 p.m., 630 E. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg, Maryland. Click on "I Choose Today!" title to see more information about the event.

Governor Martin O’Malley thanks Many Voices for Smart Choices Montgomery County Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse for participating in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2014 Town Hall Meetings initiative to prevent underage drinking, June 9, 2014. Click on the title to view the letter from the Governor.

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, inkind) equal to 30% of the requested mini-grant amount. Applications are due October 31. 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.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Oct 26, 2013, 10 am to 2 pm. Bring unused or expired prescription medications and over-the-counter medications. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Locations include Chevy Chase Village Police, Gaithersburg City Police, Maryland State Police, Rockville Police, Takoma Park Police and all Montgomery County Distric locations. See flyer for addresses.

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