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Community Highlight – Grassroots Effort to Combat the Opioid Crisis

The following program was highlighted during the recent Maryland Rural Health Association (MRHA) annual meeting. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy and Health Professions hosted the inaugural Substance & Opioid Abuse Awareness Response (SOAAR). This program connected the community with educational resources to raise awareness of substance abuse and opioid overdose. The success of this effort has prompted plans for additional events in the future.

This six-hour program featured five workshops that highlighted educational materials, community resources, panel discussions and Narcan (naloxone) training. This successful event included 150 registered participants, 25 exhibitors from the community and trained 70 community members on how to properly use Narcan.

For the health care professionals in training, this event offered a great opportunity for students to utilize their skills with the community. Student pharmacists focused on the medical information and provided training to the public; students also used art to connect the community to the issues at hand.

HQI applauds the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy and Health Professions for their dedication to the community in combating the opioid crisis.

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