Call to Action – The Opiate Crisis Briefing

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, Building 2, Center Hall, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD 20619

  • 7:30am Check in & Coffee;
  • 8:00am Briefing;
  • 9:30am Conclude


  • Dr. Kathleen O’Brien, CEO of Walden Behavioral Health
  • Sheriff Tim Cameron

As opiate and heroin addiction have reached epidemic proportions around the country, the Southern Maryland region has suffered the consequences.   Admissions for treatment of prescription opiate abuse have increased over 400% in the last four years and rate of treatment admissions for heroin has gone up 230% in our community.  It is important to understand how this epidemic is affecting our workforce and their families.  This addiction particularly affects young adults 18 to 35, although many older workers are vulnerable to prescription opiate addiction.

We are hosting a community briefing to address the opiate and heroin crisis in the Southern Maryland region.  This will be a valuable opportunity to hear the concerns of the Southern Maryland community and what we are doing regionally to address this crisis.

Dr. Kathleen O’Brien, CEO of Walden Behavioral Health, will provide an overview of the dynamics of the opiate epidemic in our community and Sheriff Tim Cameron will discuss the law enforcements initiatives to combat this growing problem.

There is no cost for this program.

Advance registration is requested to manage seating.