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Straight Talk Newsletter - is the quarterly newsletter distributed by the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Inc.  

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Listed below are links to substance abuse data gathered by various agencies.

State of Maryland

Maryland Behavioral Health Administration (BHA)  was created with the merger of  the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration (ADAA) and Mental Hygiene Administration (MHA).  Data and information regarding local overdose deaths can be found on the BHA website. 

  • 2013 marked the first year the Youth Risk Behavior Survey provided county specific data as it relates to alcohol and drug use.  To access the data go to
  • 2007 marked the last year the Maryland State Department of Education  allowed for the Maryland Adolescent Survey to be conducted.  Historically, the MAS was conducted  every two years in middle and high schools.  This allowed 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders to be surveyed to determine the natue, extent and trend of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among adolescents.

Law Enforcement
  • A coalition of nearly two dozen state and local agencies launched the Maryland Drug Early Warning System (DEWS) in 1998 to better detect and monitor substance abuse trends across the state. To view regional drug information about Calvert County, go to the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) website.
  • Offender Population Urine Screening (OPUS) provides insight into emerging drug trends among juvenile offenders in Maryland. These prior drug patterns may not be typical of the general youth population.

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