St. Mary's County Times January 11, 2018 - Page 17

The County Times Thursday, January 11, 2018 In Our Community 17 Opioid Learning Series In an effort to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic over- taking our community, St. Mary’s County Health Department and St. Mary’s County Library are part- nering to host an Opioid Learning Series open to the public. This six part series will be held every other Thursday at the Lexington Park Library from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. beginning on January 11 and continuing on January 25, Febru- ary 8 and 22, and March 8 and 22. Both the February 8 and March 22 will feature a special concurrent session geared toward adolescents.
 
 Registration is not required but recommended to ensure ad- equate seating and hand out ma- terials for participants. Light re- freshments will be served.
 
To register, visit: https://www.st- mal ib.org /eve nt s/a du lt- eve nt s/ opioid-learning-series/.
 For more information on the opi- oid epidemic, visit: http://www. smchd.org/opioid/
 
 Individuals may attend all of the sessions or choose specific ses- sions based on their interest in the following topics:
 
 January 11, 2018 (Snow date: January 18, 2018)
 Topic: The Big Picture. In an ef- fort to combat the growing epidem- ic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have re- leased “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” a docu- mentary that explores the dangers of addiction. This session will fea- ture a screening of this powerful documentary followed by a guided discussion on the opioid epidemic.
 
 January 25, 2018 (Snow date: February 1, 2018)
 Topic: The Opioid Crisis in St. Mary’s. This session will explore the opioid epidemic in St. Mary’s County. Local data, prevention and response efforts will be shared by Dr. Meenakshi G. Brewster, MD, MPH, FAAFP, St. Mary’s County Health Officer.
 
 February 8, 2018 (Snow date: February 15, 2018)
 Stop by the County Times today to pick up your FREE Topic: Prevention & Recogni- tion. The third session will include two simultaneous sessions, one for adults and one for teens. The adult session will include informa- tion on detecting the signs of ad- diction, communicating with your adolescent, relationship building and support groups. The teen ses- sion will explore how to recognize when a friend or family member is in trouble, how to talk to them, how to take care of yourself and resources that can help.
 
 February 22, 2018 (Snow date: March 1, 2018)
 Topic: Stigma. This session will explore stigma. What is stigma and how does it impact access to treat- ment services or utilization of re- sources? Personal experiences will be shared by affected family mem- bers and individuals in recovery.
 
 March 8, 2018 (Snow date: March 15, 2018)
 Topic: Treatment. This session will provide an overview of the different levels of treatment that are available for substance abuse disorders and will provide infor- mation on how to access these ser- vices in St. Mary’s County.
 
 March 22, 2018 (Snow date: March 29, 2018)
 Topic: How to Respond. The sixth and final session of the Opi- oid Learning Series will include a brief overview of the entire series, followed by information for com- munity members on how to recog- nize and respond to an opioid over- dose. A special teen session will run simultaneously in which teens will learn about peer intervention strategies, how and when to seek help, what you can do if can you witness an overdose. —Kim Robertson, St. Mary’s County Health Department 2018 Landmarks of S OUTHERN M ARYLAND 2018 Calendar! 43251 Rescue Lane Photo by Keith Burke Hollywood, MD 20636 County Times St. Mary’s County l Calvert County