Through a collaborative effort to continue to break the stigma and find solutions on the current opioid crisis, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, and the Frederick County Health Department will be hosting Frederick Stands Together: Conquering the Crisis on March 28th, 2019. This community event will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Frederick Fairgrounds in the Null Building, located at 797 E. Patrick Street. And Yogamour will be hosting a table in support of this event.
The goal of the event is to implement an integrated, community-wide effort to bring education, health care, law enforcement, and the Frederick community together to work toward combating this crisis. Attendees of this event can expect a wide variety of informational resources, representatives from important community groups and organizations, support resources, health resources, and more. There will be a wide variety of speakers throughout the evening with topics such as why addiction is so difficult, the neuroscience of addiction, a mother’s perspective, a first-hand testimony of addiction and personal recovery, and more. The Frederick County Health Department will also be providing Narcan training throughout the evening. See speaker line up below…
"We recognize that this crisis impacts every life, including the lives of our members,” said Rick Weldon, President and CEO of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. “We're happy to work with the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department to raise awareness and highlight solutions."
“Our community has suffered tragic loss and pain due to the opioid crisis. It is the duty of public health to bring cutting edge research and knowledge to our community to fight this epidemic. We, along with our community partners, are working to translate this research into practice via accessible prevention and treatment resources for our residents,” said Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, Health Officer with the Frederick County Health Department. “This is a great opportunity for community members to learn about the complex science of addiction and become involved in implementing community based solutions to reduce stigma and support persons experiencing drug and alcohol addiction.”
“The purpose of this event is to get the public to realize the magnitude of the heroin and opioid addiction problem, focusing on what is necessary to turn the tide on this public health crisis. We want families to realize this is not only an individual addiction problem but a problem that does affect other families throughout the entire community, and to know there are local treatment, recovery, and support resources available to help defeat addiction,” said Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. “They are not struggling alone.”
Multiple vendors representing community outreach groups and organizations, behavioral health resources, recovery programs, support resources, educational groups, faith communities, public health, law enforcement and public safety, and more, will be participating in this event. A complete vendor list will be available on this page for attendees to view closer to the event.
We are very excited and grateful that two amazing food vendors have agreed to be a part of our great event. Given that the event is during dinner hours, we encourage you to grab a bite while you’re there so you don’t miss out on anything. In10se BBQ and Fireside Pizza and Catering will be on hand with food and refreshments available to purchase.
4:30 Welcome – Sheriff Chuck Jenkins
4:45 Why Addiction Is So Difficult – Jay Hessler, Frederick County Health Department
5:15 The Neuroscience of Addiction – Dr. John Rosa
5:45 From a Mother’s Perspective – Shannon Stanley
6:15 Rallying Together as a Community - Sean Nicholson, Phoenix Foundation of Maryland and Executive Producer of Heroin’s Grip
6:45 Behaviors of Addiction - David Brooks, owner of Brooks Behavioral Health Services
7:15 My Story – The Son of a Heroin Addict - Duane Clemons, former NFL player for the Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings and representing Give America HOPE (Heroin-Opioid Prevention Education)
* please note that these times are approximate and are subject to change