Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has many efforts in place to combat substance abuse through ongoing education, counseling and prevention. CCPS is taking immediate steps, with the support of county and community partners, to strengthen its existing programming, supported by CCPS administrators, health and physical education staff, school counselors and mental health teams who continue to do vital, lifesaving work through ongoing education, counseling and support.
SAMHSA "Talk. They Hear You." Campaign
Parents and caregivers have a significant influence on their children's decisions about using alcohol and drugs. The "Talk. They Hear You" campaign aims to reduce underage drinking and other substance use among youths by providing parents information and resources needed to address these issues with their children.
Think A Family Member Has A Substance Use Disorder? Talk to Them.
Family members may be more likely to notice when their loved ones are experiencing changes in mood or behavior. Being able to offer support, family members can connect those in need with treatment, resources, and services to begin and stay on their recovery journey.
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for helping a family member who is drinking too much, using drugs, or dealing with a mental illness, research shows that family support can play a major role in helping a loved one with mental and substance use disorders.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
It is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
If you or someone you know are thinking about harming yourself or themselves or are attempting suicide, call or text 988 to connect with the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24-hour, confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Support is also available via live chat.
Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law
Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law protects those who assist with an emergency alcohol or drug related overdose. The purpose of the law is to encourage any person, regardless of age, who sees a person (or people) having a medical emergency brought on by drugs and/or alcohol, to seek medical assistance by calling 911, without the fear of arrest or prosecution for possessing or using a controlled dangerous substance, possessing or using drug paraphernalia, or providing alcohol to minors.