Healthy "U" August Newsletter
Hood College Maintains a Drug-Free Campus
Teresa Cevallos, BSN, RN, Director of Health Services & Thurmond Maynard, Director of Campus Safety
Hood College continues to maintain a drug-free campus in compliance with county, state and federal regulations. Different strategies are used in order to meet the compliance standards. The college has recently completed a biennial review that discusses the strategies and policies in place to maintain a campus free of drugs and abuse of illegal substances. Click here to review the link.
A new state-mandated strategy to maintain a drug-free campus requires all public schools and institutions of higher education to begin stocking the drug Naloxone, more commonly known by its prescription name Narcan, and training staff on how to administer it. The Heroin and Opioid Education and Community Action Act of 2017, or the Start Talking Maryland Act, sets several requirements for schools in response to the continuing rise in opioid-related overdose deaths across the state. In addition to storing Naloxone, Hood College is responsible for developing specific policies for its use, expanding courses on opioid addiction, providing outreach and addiction education to the campus community, stocking Naloxone on campus, training designated personnel on administering the medication and providing in-person drug awareness training to students.
The new bill includes a clause that exempts school nurses and other personnel from personal liability while responding to an emergency and the state's Good Samaritan law protects anyone who seeks or provides medical attention during an overdose.
This is what the Campus Safety and Security Staff, and Health Center Staff have done so far:
• Campus Safety and Health Center staff have been trained by Frederick County Behavioral Health Services to administer Naloxone (Narcan).
• Naloxone (Narcan) is kept in stock by Campus Safety and the Health Center.
• A policy and procedure for the administration of Naloxone (Narcan) has been developed.
• Opioid overdose awareness information will be provided to incoming students during orientation.
• The Director of Campus Safety (Chair) and the Director of Health Services (Co-chair) serve on the Drug & Alcohol Prevention Committee. If you are interested in joining the committee, please email the Director of Campus Safety at email@example.com.
What you can do to help: Attend free Overdose Response training offered at 1 p.m. every Friday by Frederick County Behavioral Health Services - conveniently located at 300-B School’s Lane, Frederick MD 21701. Telephone: 301-600-1775.
Please see the attached documents on Hood Health Center’s procedure for Naloxone Administration and Overdose Response training. You will find local resources for addiction treatment and Overdose Response training on this link.
Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation
Watch for the schedule this fall.
Weekly Chapel Services
Chapel services will resume in the fall.
Sol Yoga sessions will continue in the fall.