Speakers Bureau Committee
Montgomery County’s multi-agency program “Speak Up, Save a Life” presented to four schools and two parent groups since January 1st of this year. “Speak Up, Save a Life” was created by the Bar Association, State’s Attorney’s Office, Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Public Schools, and “Many Voices for Smart Choices.” The goal of the program is prevention through education.
The heroin and opioid epidemic continues to grow. In Montgomery County, in 2016, we had 54 fatal overdoses and over 150 non-fatal overdoses. In 85 percent of the non-fatal overdoses, the drug narcan was used by fire and rescue to reverse the overdose. Although the numbers are increasing, “Speak Up, Save a Life” is making a difference. On January 31st, we presented to all students at Farquhar Middle School in Olney. The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders were fascinated to hear Mr. Chaikin, Officer Rich Reynolds, and a young person in recovery tell their stories. The new “Good Samaritan” law is a game-changer and students and parents are learning that calling 9-1-1 is always the right decision. The new law actually provides immunity for most misdemeanors. Montgomery County is fortunate to have courageous leaders like State’s Attorney John McCarthy, County Executive Ike Leggett, and Police Chief Tom Manger. The State’s Attorney’s Office routinely screens drug possession cases with an eye towards treatment and complying with the new “Good Samaritan” statute. We are currently set to present at several high schools and middle schools in the Spring of 2017. If you know of a school or community organization interested in a presentation, please contact Lynn Boynton or Steve Chaikin directly.
At this point, “Speak Up, Save a Life” has presented to over 25,000 students and 15 parent-teacher associations.
Steve Chaikin, along with a young man in recovery, make a
presentation at Farquhar Middle School recently.
Lynn Caudle Boynton
Honorable James Bonifant, Co-Chair
Stephen H. Chaikin, Co-Chair
Warren E. Tydings, Jr., Co-Chair
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