Tri-County Preven­tion Walk set for May 13

Record Observer - - COMMUNITY -

CHURCH HILL — The in­au­gu­ral Tri-County Preven­tion Walk is sched­uled for 9 a.m. Satur­day, May 13, at Church Hill Park in Church Hill, and sup­ports ef­forts at keep­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties drug- and al­co­hol-free.

The free walk is a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort from the preven­tion of­fices of Caro­line, Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties, with the theme, ‘Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence — one step at a time.’

“This walk is for any­one who’s had drugs or al­co­hol af­fect their lives,” said An­nette Duck­ery, preven­tion co­or­di­na­tor for Kent County. “We’re work­ing hard to pre­vent drug use and al­co­hol abuse in our com­mu­ni­ties, and this of­fers every­one the chance to sup­port our ef­forts.”

The event in­cludes fun for the en­tire fam­ily, with a live DJ, free back packs, snacks and games in­clud­ing corn hole. Reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able on­line at Eventbrite.

The walk co­in­cides with Na­tional Preven­tion Week, which is an an­nual health ob­ser­vance ded­i­cated to in­creas­ing pub­lic aware­ness of, and ac­tion around, men­tal and/or sub­stance use dis­or­ders. This year’s preven­tion week is from May 14 un­til May 20.

“Na­tional preven­tion week of­fers the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to show our sol­i­dar­ity in the fight against sub­stance use dis­or­ders,” said Iris Carter, preven­tion co­or­di­na­tor for Queen Anne’s County. “With sev­eral over­doses in our area each week, we’ve got to come to­gether and sup­port preven­tion ef­forts across our re­gion.”

Preven­tion ef­forts start young, and can help keep drug use from start­ing.

“We all can in­vest in drug and al­co­hol preven­tion,” said Me­lanie Ro­driguez, preven­tion co­or­di­na­tor for Caro­line County. “Preven­tion re­ally is the best treat­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the walk, please con­tact Duck­ery at 410-778-7918 for Kent County; Carter at 410-758-1306 ext. 4524 in Queen Anne’s and Ro­driguez at 410-479-8164 in Caro­line.

The Tri-County Preven­tion Walk is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the health de­part­ment preven­tion of­fices of Caro­line, Kent and Queen Anne’s Coun­ties. The walk also is sup­ported by SAMHSA and the Mary­land Be­hav­ioral Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

ME­LANIE RO­DRIGUEZ

IRIS CARTER

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