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Prescripton Drug Abuse Abatement Council
Council Members 2015-16
Candice D'Agostino, Coordinator, Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Inc.
Beverly Dillon, Manager, Chesapeake Pharmacy
Sheriff Mike Evans, Calvert County Sheriff
Susan Fischer, Property Supervisor, Calvert County Sheriff's Office
Pastor Rich Good, Harvest Fellowship Church
Margaret Hayes, Representative, Asbury Solomons Residents
Leo Mallard, Pharmcist/Owner, Progressive Pharmacies
Laura Martin, Calvert County State's Attorney
Doris McDonald, Director, CCHD, Behavioral Health
Lt. Shane Bolger, Commander, Maryland State Police, Barrack "U"
Major Dave McDowell, Calvert County Sheriff's Office
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

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 seven 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.    In 2016, the Council will sponsor it's 8th forum, on November 16th.  This event will provide the community with an update on what progress is being made to address the opioid abuse problem in Calvert County.

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 in 2016.   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.   The next Calvert County take back day will be Saturday, September 24th from       10 am to 2 p.m. Locations accepting prescriptions on this date only are:  Northeast Community Center, Chesapeake Beach; Mt. Hope Community Center, Sunderland; Southern Community Center, Lusby; MSP Barrack "U", Prince Frederick; and the Sheriff's Office, Prince Frederick.   

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:  August 25, 2016
                        6:30 pm
                        Charles County Sheriff's Office, LaPlata, Maryland

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.


Monthly Naloxone Training
2016 Overdose Awareness Day Naloxone Training

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"