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Prescripton Drug Abuse Abatement Council
Council Members 2017- 2018
Candice D'Agostino, Coordinator, Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Inc.
Beverly Dillon, Manager, Calvert Arundel Pharmacy
Sheriff Mike Evans, Calvert County Sheriff
Susan Fischer, Property Supervisor, Calvert County Sheriff's Office
Leo Mallard, Pharmcist/Owner, Calvert Arundel Pharmacy
James Marcum, Calvert Health
Laura Martin, Calvert County State's Attorney
Doris McDonald, Director, CCHD, Behavioral Health
Major Dave McDowell, Calvert County Sheriff's Office
Lt. Jimmie Meurrens, Commander, MSP Barrack "U"
Dr. Larry Polsky, Calvert County Health Officer
Kim Roof, Calvert County Public Schools
Cindy Scribner, Supervisor, Calvert County Department of Juvenile Services
Amye Scrivener, Supervisor, Calvert County Department of Social Services
Joe Windsor, Coordinator, Drug Intelligence Information, CCSO

Mission and Upcoming Events
MISSION:  The Council will work to educate the community to the dangers of prescription medication abuse and encourage immediate and proper disposal of expired or unused medications.

The Council has sponsored community forums as a way to educate county residents to the dangers of prescription drug abuse and to develop action steps to address the issue.    

Information at the forums has led to the partnership with CAASA and the Calvert County Health Department to sponsor workshops.  Started in January 2015 the presentations focused on addiction and enabling.  Additional workshops are scheduled each year on topics of interest.  Check the events page for more information.

In addition, the Council partners with the DEA on the Drug Take Back days.  Held twice a year in April and September, these events provide the community the opportunity to dispose of unused and expired medications safely.  

24/7 RX Drop Box Locations:

Calvert County Sheriff Office, 30 Church Street, Prince Frederick 
        Box is located on the porch to the left of the front entry
 Maryland State Police Barrack, "U", 210 Main Street, Prince Frederick
        Box is located on the sidewalk near the front door

Resource Information
Treatment Services

If you or someone you know are seeking treatment services, please contact Calvert Substance Abuse Services (CSAS) at 410-535-3079.  This office can provide you will helpful information regarding treatment options available.   CSAS is located on Stafford Road in Barstow, Maryland.

A list of available treatment services can be found under the Resource tab.

Support Groups

There are over 60 different support group opportunities available in Calvert County.   See the complete list under the Resources tab. 

Parent Support Groups

Parents Affected By Addiction (Tri-County Support Group)
Contact:  Amy Young at
Next Meeting:  Wednesday, January 18, 2017
                         St. Mary's County Beacon of  Hope, 21770 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park

                         6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Doors open at 6 pm.
                         Guest speaker:  Maryland Coalition of Families

Parents of Teens Unite (based in St. Mary's County)

Contact:  Emily Harman at

Sanity Support Group
Meeting:   2nd Tuesday of each Month @ 7 p.m.
Location:  Emmanual Church (back modular), Huntingtown, Maryland
Contact:  Church Office at 410-257-9188 or Marye Causey at 301-602-2450
*This is a faith based support group.


None scheduled at this time

Prevention Information

Maryland Behavioral Health Administration

Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Abuse

Narcotic painkillers

Opioids are narcotic, painkilling drugs produced from opium or made synthetically. This class of drugs includes, among others, heroin, morphine, codeine, methadone and oxycodone. Some people who've been using opioids over a long period of time may need physician-prescribed temporary or long-term drug substitution during treatment.

Signs and symptoms of narcotic use and dependence can include:

  • Euphoria or feeling "high"
  • Reduced sense of pain
  • Drowsiness or sedation
  • Slurred speech
  • Problems with attention and memory
  • Constricted pupils
  • Lack of awareness or inattention to surrounding people and things
  • Problems with coordination
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Sweaty, clammy skin
  • Constipation
  • Runny nose or nose sores (if snorting drugs)
  • Needle marks (if injecting drugs)

Source: "Drug Addiction Symptoms -Mayo Clinic"