Eastern Maryland Uses Text 2 Stop It or Opioid Addiction December 1, 2017 CAMBRIDGE, Md. - The opioid epidemic has been hitting the nation hard and Delmarva is no exception. But one new project is hoping to combat that issue head on. And it's all happening through texts. It's the region's first substance abuse information textline launching December 1st. It'll operate in 5 counties on the mid-shore including Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot. It's a campaign called "I Wish I Knew" organized by the Mid-Shore Opioid Misuse Prevention Program, or Mid-Shore OMPP. The coordinator Erin Hall tells 47 ABC, "In all of our research we found that a lot of our opioid users are under 34 and a lot of us would prefer to text than pick up a phone so we knew that that was a way people could get the information confidentially." WMDT - 24-Hour Substance Abuse
Maryland Bully, Harassment and Intimidation Annual Report March 31, 2017 - A total of 4,713 incidents were reported for the 2015-2016 school year. This represents a statewide increase of 559 reported incidents from the 2014-2015 school year. Baltimore County reported the most incidents with a total of 743 and a rate of 4.4 incidents per 1,000 enrolled students. Following Baltimore County was Montgomery County with 500 incidents and 3.2 incidents per 1,000; Baltimore City with 490 incidents and 4.4 incidents per 1,000; and Prince George’s County with 435 incidents and 3.4 incidents per 1,000. Kent, Dorchester, and Wicomico Counties reported the most incidents relative to enrollment (See Table 1).
Press Release - April 18, 2017- Text 2 Stop It with Governor Hogan of Maryland as he signs anti-bullying bill, HB 669, to improve student reporting of bullying and other harmful activities by anonymous two-way electronic tips