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Substance Use and Recovery Week
Join us Oct. 21-25, 2019, for a week of events designed to educate the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) about the risks and prevalence of substance abuse, resources for addiction treatment, interventions for harm-reduction, and support for individuals in recovery.
UMB is committed to promoting activities and providing resources that promote the health and wellness of students, especially students who are seeking alcohol and substance use support and recovery. In collaboration with Scholars for Recovery, the Wellness Hub started Substance Use and Recovery Week in 2018 in honor of the National Drug Prevention Week and Red Ribbon Week, with a focus on awareness, advocacy, and resources.
The opioid epidemic was declared a public health emergency by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2017, with an average of 130 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose. Currently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has developed plans to combat the epidemic on a variety of fronts, including prevention efforts, collaboration with public safety officials, consumer education, and evidence-based guidelines for health care providers. UMB, like many schools, has implemented required online modules for students.
At UMB, all first-time full-time students are required to complete Everfi training, in compliance with the Start Talking Maryland Act of 2017. The first training was administered to students in fall 2018. The module is required for all students who were newly enrolled in spring 2019, summer 2019, and fall 2019. A hold will be placed on the accounts of any first-time full-time students who do not complete the module by Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. All other students received a similar email message — offering the module as an optional resource.
Let’s talk about substance abuse and recovery.
Health initiatives are not possible without the amazing student organizations that have support and are participating in Substance Use and Recovery Week, including the Community Health Addictions Team (CHAT), GenerationRX , Scholars for Recovery, and UMB’s National Alliance on Mental Illness. And thank you to all our student services for your support, including CulinArt, the Student Counseling Center, UMB Police, and URecFit. Thank you for starting the conversations and normalizing substance abuse and recovery.
Do you know about UMB’s Scholars for Recovery?
The mission of the UMB Scholars for Recovery student organization is to promote the academic and social well-being of recovering students at UMB through the praxis of social justice, empowerment, and community-building. We seek to provide a supportive atmosphere on campus for students who are in recovery, wish to recover from an addiction, persons who are affected by another person’s addiction, and all friends of recovery. To learn more, go to https://www.umaryland.edu/recovery/.