We work in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services to implement substance use prevention strategies that educate about the long-and-short term consequences of substance use and misuse and the importance of safe storage and proper disposal of prescription opioids.

Social Media Campaigns

We design social media campaigns to inform Montgomery County residents about the incidents consequences of substance use/misuse, safe storage and proper disposal methods, and prevention strategies.

In fiscal year 2022, approximately 929 pounds of medications were collected at six MCPD district stations.

In addition to flyers created specifically for Prescription Drug Take Back Day, targeted social media posts highlighted a different take-back location each month. In FY2022, a total of 15 posts reached approximately 53,560 County residents and had an engagement rate of 455.

Additionally, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and rise in mental health challenges among youth, social media posts encouraged youth to ask for help to address their mental health concerns.

FY22 Outcomes:

  • 1,534 total engagements
  • 341,944 user impressions
  • 345,427 Montgomery County residents reached

Remembering with Love

In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, we partnered with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and Surviving Our Ultimate Loss (S.O.U.L), a voluntary peer support group for mothers who have lost their children to an overdose, to produce this video in remembrance of lives lost to an accidental opioid overdose.

Youth Ambassadors Program

The aim of this program is for ambassadors to educate peers and their families about underage drinking, non-medical use of prescription drugs, and related mental health challenges; learn about policy change; and build advocacy skills.

In fiscal year 2022, 12 Montgomery County Public Schools and 2 private schools participated in the Youth Ambassadors, with 19 youth participating in advocacy activities and trainings.

The Montgomery County Prevention Alliance (MCPA) is dedicated to engaging the community to create and foster conditions that prevent/reduce substance misuse by all County residents. Through collaboration and awareness , MCPA seeks to effectively communicate that substance use, no matter what form it takes, is dangerous and can have severe short- and long-term consequences for youth and young adults.

To learn more, visit the MCPA website.