Western Anne Arundel County Substance Abuse Prevention (WASP)

WASP is taking the sting out of Alcohol Crashes, Binge Drinking and Underage Drinking.

Our Mission

WASP aims to prevent alcohol and other drug use among youth, and promote safe and healthy behaviors.

Our Vision

Establish a safe and informed community without underage drinking or abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

Our Goals

  • Reduce underage drinking among youth
  • Reduce binge drinking
  • Reduce alcohol-related crashes
  • Develop and implement culturally competent, evidence-based, environmental prevention strategies

Our Strategies

  • Compliance checks of liquor establishments
  • Implement awareness activities
  • Educate parents, youth and the community
  • Provide media advocacy
  • Provide education to the community or your organization

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WASP Events

Strengthening Families Program Facilitator Training @ TBD
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – Aug 17 @ 4:00 pm
Community Health Fair @ St John Lutheran Church
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Maryland International Overdose Awareness Week
Aug 26 @ 6:00 am – Sep 1 @ 7:00 am
Maryland International Overdose Awareness Week

Governor Larry Hogan Declares Overdose Awareness Week in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Reaffirming the administration’s goal of preventing substance abuse and overdose deaths, Governor Larry Hogan today issued a statewide proclamation declaring the week of Sunday, August 30, to Saturday, September 5, to be Overdose Awareness Week in Maryland.

“The toll that addiction and overdose deaths have taken on our communities, state, and region has been devastating,” Governor Hogan said. “Our administration is committed to finding the best and most effective solutions to this crisis, and our Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force is hard at work developing comprehensive strategies to address this problem. I encourage all Marylanders to come together during Overdose Awareness Week, to support all of our families and citizens suffering from addiction and substance abuse.”

In 2014, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) reported 1,039 drug- and alcohol-related overdose deaths in the state. “Overdose Awareness Week highlights the significance of this public health crisis and seeks to create public awareness of the damage addiction and drug abuse inflicts on our families and communities,” Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford said.

Earlier this week, the Heroin & Opioid Emergency Task Force, chaired by the Lt. Governor, released its interim report.

During Overdose Awareness Week, communities will host such events as candlelight vigils, public art installations, and public hearings. The DHMH’s Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) will host a naloxone conference to bring together stakeholders who work on overdose education and naloxone distribution in the state to share information on regulations and tools such as the state’s Overdose Response Program.

Local jurisdictions and DHMH will coordinate additional events throughout the week. For more information about Overdose Awareness Week in Maryland, contact DHMH at 410-402-8590. For more information on the tools Maryland is using to battle our region’s substance abuse epidemic, visit DHMH’s website at www.dhmh.maryland.gov.

Protect Your Family From the Opioid Crisis @ Edgewater Community Library
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Protect Your Family From the Opioid Crisis @ Edgewater Community Library | Edgewater | Maryland | United States

Protect Your Family From the Opioid Crisis

Join us as we explore ways you can protect your family from an opioid addiction. We will also recommend resources to use if a loved one needs help to overcome their addiction.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/protect-your-family-from-the-opioid-crisis-edgewater-library-registration-44642640339

Not My Child Presentation @ Friendship United Methodist Church
Aug 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Not My Child Presentation @ Friendship United Methodist Church | Friendship | Maryland | United States

There will be a “Not My Child” program event regarding substance misuse in our community on August 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Friendship United Methodist Church – 22 Friendship Rd, Friendship, MD 20758.

Please come out and increase your awareness of this fatal epidemic – it affects all communities.

Are you concerned that your child might be experiencing with drugs or addicted to drugs? Do you want to be prepared to teach your younger children never to start using? Are you looking for help with treatment?

“Not My Child” is a special presentation to remove the stigma of heroin addiction and get help for families caught in the web of drugs. This presentation will include a panel of experts, question and answer from the audience and treatment providers ready to provide information and referral.

“Not My Child” is focused on providing awareness by providing the facts of abuse of prescription drugs and the escalation of heroin use in our communities. The Not My Child discussion taking place in our communities provides an open, honest conversation regarding the use of drugs by children and adults in every community, the issue does not discriminate.

“Not My Child” is a collaborative effort supported by multiple county agencies, non-profits and community members working together to educate parents, families and communities on the impact of addiction on the individual, family and community.

The “Not My Child” program is created, supported and facilitated by County Executive’s Office of Constituent Services.

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Our Team

Marcella Hare

Derrick Farmer

Daphne Simms

 Our Members Include

AA County Board of License Commissioners
AA County Community Action Agency
AA County Department of Health
AA County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families

AA County Police Department
AA County Public Schools
Anne Arundel Community College
Chesapeake Center for Youth Development

Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney
Community Members
Department of Juvenile Services
Faith Based Services
Hands of Hope, Inc.

Maryland Highway Safety Office
Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association

Pathways Treatment Facility
The IMPACT Society
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