Since the birth of 360 Degree Development Institute in 2007, addressing education disparities continues to be a complex and ongoing challenge. This task requires the commitment of policymakers, educators, parents, and communities to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and in life. In our continuing efforts to collaborate on the prevention and reduction of alcohol, marijuana, opioid, and other substance misuse in our communities, 360 Development Institute is hosting this website, in part, as a portal for useful substance misuse, and education information targeting our nation's youth. Please contact 360d.connect@gmail.com.

 

Since the birth of 360 Development Institute in 2010, the number of drug and alcohol-related intoxication deaths has more than tripled in the State of Maryland.

In our continuing efforts to collaborate on the prevention and reduction of alcohol, marijuana, opioid, and other substance misuse in our communities, 360 Development Institute is hosting this website, in part, as a portal for useful and quality substance misuse education information, culled from websites throughout the State of Maryland and the nation.

Further, you will find information on additional services and programs that the 360 Development Institute offers.

360 Development Institute is a proud member of "Prevention Works in Somerset County" Drug Free Community Coalition.

About Our Founder

Tanya Madison Morrison, ESQ
360 Development Institute is the ultimate brainchild of Tanya Madison Morrison who created 360 Degree Women, a support vehicle for women, in 2007. She believed all people need stimulation to be their best selves and should never be put in a niche or restricted. She believed a person should take part in every aspect of life and it was her life-mission to help them do so.

She didn't just challenge you and walk away, she helped others find their voice. She was always there, chatting about what you were doing and adding fuel to the fire, pushing it.

Tanya was not just our leader but one of the most courageous persons we have ever known. In 2017, Tanya lost her battle with lung cancer, but her presence as a intuitive, fluid, thought-leader is forever infused within the personality and spirit of 360 Development Institute.

Her work continues.

Our Goal

To move beyond the rhetoric and actually assist community development organizations with creating and maintaining responsible programs promoting a drug-free culture. 360 Development Institute also serve as the funding arm for the "Prevention Works in Somerset County" Drug Free Community Coalition.

Our Vision

By 2022, to see a quantifiable reduction in drug misuse statistics for the communities that we serve and, as a member of the Coalition, present a stronger, more considered voice to help the national conversation about what is going on in our communities and the vital issues to think about and address.




The
Challenge
 
2019
STATS



It's a numbers game. The good news is that in 2019, Maryland’s opioid fatality rate began to stabilize. There is more work ahead, but WE ARE making a difference.

Drug overdoses are still a serious public health challenge in Maryland.
  • 2,358
    The total number of drug and alcohol-related intoxication deaths in Maryland in 2019.
     
    -2%
    This was a 2.0 percent decrease from 2018, when there was a total of 2,406 unintentional intoxication deaths.
  • 88.6%
    Opioids accounted for 88.6 percent of all unintentional intoxication deaths in 2019, with 2,090 reported deaths.
     
    1916
    There were 1,916 fentanyl-related unintentional intoxication deaths in 2019.
  • 334
    In 2019, the total number of deaths from alcohol in combination with opioids was 334, a decrease of 11.4 percent from 2018. A fantastic result, but still too many.
     
    81.3%
    Most drug- and alcohol-related fatalities involved more than one substance (polysubstance use), and fentanyl played a role in 81.3 percent of all intoxication-related fatalities.
  • 14%
    The number of highschool seniors who reported vaping marijuana during the past month increased from 7.5% in 2018 to 14% in 2019. This is the second largest one-year jump for any substance in the 45-year NIH survey history.
    0
    There are no reports of teens or young adults dying from an overdose of marijuana alone.
     

Source: REPORT: Drug- and Alcohol-Related Intoxication Deaths in Maryland, 2019, https://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens, https://teens.drugabuse.gov/


Resources

The substance misuse resource listing is designed to centralize information from traditional and non-traditional sources around the web. If you would like to add a resource here, contact us at to submit your information.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and anonymous means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.

Opioid and Heroin Use Among High School Seniors

This publication from The National Institute on Drug Abuse explores nonmedical use of prescription opioids and heroin among 68,000 high-school seniors.

Family Doctor - Opioid Addiction

This site discusses opioid addiction. The signs & treatments and effective next steps if you suspect a problem.

High School Heroin Users

Forbes Magazine News Article - "More Than 75% Of High School Heroin Users Started With Prescription Opioids"

"This is (Not) About Drugs"

Overdose Lifeline, Inc. has developed an educational program designed to inform students, prevent first use and save lives.

Marijuana Use: Detrimental to Youth

The American College of Pediatricians presents info on the effects of the increasing legalization of marijuana on children and adolescents.

Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain

As more states are legalizing marijuana, the American Psychological Association discusses the long-term effects of the drug on the adolescent brain.

Teen Brain Changed with Marijuana Use

This article discusses a study that indicates brain changes happen in even casual users of the drug. This website presented by the Muir Wood Treatment Center for Teens.

100 Teen Drug Rehabs in Maryland

This is a comprehensive list of all Adolescent Drug Rehabs in Maryland. Brought to you by InterventionAmerica.org

Adolescents and Marijuana

"Learn about Marijuana" presents science-based information for the public. Complete with copious references and additional scientific resources.

Maryland Dept. of Health - Get Help Now!

The Maryland Department of Health provides a list of certified Maryland programs that provide medication-assisted treatment of opioid addiction.

Maryland's Crisis Hotline

Maryland's Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours/7 days a week to provide support, guidance and assistance or to answer questions. Call 1-800-888-1965.

Somerset
DFC
Somerset Prevention Works Drug-Free Community Coalition

Somerset Prevention Works Drug-Free Community

Prevention Works in Somerset is a collaborative partnership connecting youth, families, community leaders, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, governmental agencies, businesses, healthcare providers, faith-based organizations, schools, and other organizations in Somerset County.

The primary mission is the prevention and reduction of youth substance misuse.

Some of our major accomplishments to reduce youth substance use include: Social Host Ordinance, rapid response information dissemination, youth development and training, content-driven forums, and developing peer-2-peer prevention messaging for alcohol, marijuana, and opioids.

Every other year the Coalition collects four core measures on youth substance use: past 30-day use, perception of harm or risk, perception of peer disapproval of use; and perception of parental disapproval of use.

Know The Facts: The Truth About Marijuana

Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant; it can be ate, smoked, inhaled or drunk. There are many names which are, but not limited to, blunt, grass, bud, ganja, joint, pot, reefer and skunk.

Did You Know?
• Marijuana is the most commonly used psychotropic drug in the United States, after alcohol. In 2018, more than 11.8 million young adults used marijuana in the past year. The age that mari-juana reaches the youth is getting younger and younger. According to the Monitoring the Fu-ture survey, rates of past year marijuana use among middle and high school students have re-mained steady, but the number of teens in 8th and 10th grades who say they use it daily has in-creased.

• People who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 are 4-7 times more likely than adults to develop a marijuana use disorder.

• If you already have or are predisposed to schizophrenia, symptoms in patients could worsen.

What are the effects?
There are short term and long term effects of smoking marijuana. It over activates parts of the brain that contains a high number of receptors. Some short term effects include altered senses, a change in mood, impaired body movement, hallucinations and delusions. When used over a long period of time, the drug may impair thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds neuro-connections.

Don’t be fooled!!
There is fake marijuana around that could be mistaken for the real thing. Sometimes called “K2,” “Spice,” or “herbal incense,” this lab-made chemical is sprayed onto plants to make it look like marijuana. This product is similar to the real thing but is much stronger and very dangerous. Un-like marijuana, using this product sometimes directly results in overdose and death.

Don’t be a fool, trying to be cool!
With the growing trend of vaping taking the youth by storm, vaping THC has becoming a cool statement for some young people. The CDC has findings from their recent investigation that three quarters of all people included had lung injury associated with vaping. They continue their efforts with the FDA to recommend against the use of e-products.

Use your Brain, don’t lose it!
With modern society taking on marijuana recreationally, the effects that it has on IQ and cognitive ability are often glanced over. A study hosted in New Zealand found that individuals who started smoking marijuana before the age of 18 and continued lost on average eight IQ points. This is also similar to adults who became regular smokers later in life. When one smokes pot, their brain cells become dormant and with regular use they begin to die off; brain cells are the only cells that don’t recreate themselves so this leaves a permanent effect on a persons mental abilities. With a plethora of synapses happening in an adolescence’s brain, smoking marijuana on a daily could inhibit these pathways and manipulate their brain to develop in abnormal ways.

To continue, many youth start to use marijuana to feel better even if it’s just momentarily. However, the London Health Sciences Centre held a study that showed no evidence that mari-juana use improved depression like symptoms. On the other hand, the use of marijuana did in some regions made the depression worse. With the constant ongoing research happening with marijuana the evidence in regards to it and IQ are bound to be expanded upon. In short, let us rise up against the use of marijuana and just say “no,” to protect the mind of ourselves, the youth and community.

Resources
Drugfacts/marijuana
Drugfacts/teens/marijuana
Vaping
E-cigarettes
Vaping Illness Update
Article: Journal
Article: The Guardian
Article: Science Daily

Under Age Alcohol Use

America has always had a battle with alcoholism. The fight with drinking and the youth has been ongoing for decades, with it becoming the most commonly used and abused drug among the youth in the US (cdc.gov). In the US, alcohol advertising and marketing is primarily regulated by the industry who also enacts its own guidelines (jhsph.edu). It is suggested that current alcohol industry marketing codes do not protect kids as young as 10.

Several American studies found that the levels of marketing is as high or nearly as high among the youth as they are among adults. Drinking propaganda can offer a false sense of happiness or the idea that one is escaping reality. Youth between the ages of 12 and 20 often binge drink which leads to an average of adolescents drinking more than adults although it happens less often.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 5.1 million young people reported binge drinking in the last month, while 1.3 million admitted to binge drinking 5 or more over the last month. It is stated that 623,000 adolescents between the ages of 12-17 have a diagnosed alcohol use disorder.

To continue, it is important to know how much is actually considered to be a “drink” in America.
• 12oz of beer with about 5% alcohol content
• 5oz of wine with about 12% alcohol content
• 1.5oz of distilled spirits with about 40% alcohol content

Also, differences exist between male and female drinking activities. For example, for males ages 9-13 about 3 drinks would be considered binging, ages 12-15 about 4 drinks, and ages 16-17 about 5 drinks. On the other hand, for females ages 9-13 the amount of alcohol doesn’t change which is about 3 drinks.

Alcohol abuse can lead to extremely risky behavior that could potentially lead to alcohol poisoning. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths per year and those who do not reach a critical ending could live an adult life with serious consequences. Underage drinking comes with legal consequences such as mandatory community service, suspended license, fines and potential jail time (alcoholrehabguide.com). Adolescents who drink too much can damage their liver and endocrine system which could harm their reproductive system, physical growth, emotional development, and a change in hormones. Other incidents such as memory problems, abuse of other drugs, car accidents, and other injuries such as burns, falls, and drownings can also occur (CDC.gov).

Knowing this trend of alcohol abuse among the youth, the Surgeon General has launched a Call to Action to prevent and reduce underage drinking. The Call to Action highlights the importance of community based efforts to monitor the activities of youth and decrease youth access to alcohol. It states that adopting a developmental approach will help to address the multilayered social systems in which they live in. Also, the Call to Action promotes creating opportunity for positive growth and development by engaging them in their communities by way of activity such as volunteering, sports, academics, music, and leadership.

Furthermore, knowing the many facets of life and the toughness of modern society, young people dink for many reasons. Some of the are, but are not limited to, personal stress, social peer pressure, increased independence, desire for it, and easy access. In 2014, 95% of 12-14 year-olds who drink reported to have got it for free by having access through a family member or at home. Adolescents who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become alcohol dependent in their adult life.

On the later end of underage drinking, almost 2,000 college students starting at the age of 18 die from unintentional alcohol related injuries each year (alcoholrehabguide.org). Fifty percent (50%) of all college students engage in binge drinking. College is the most high risk period of drinking, i.e., the first six weeks of freshman year. Alcohol is commonly viewed as the college experience, however, the consequences of heavy drinking is not often realized, especially as a minor. Alcohol dependence in college can result in failing grades, absences from class, sexually transmitted diseases from unplanned and unprotected sex, pregnancy, and abuse of other illegal drugs.

Many warning signs point to underage drinking such as changes in mood, rebelliousness, change of friends, slurred speech and coordination problems. Screening for problems by a licensed practitioner, seeking guidance from a counselor, or participating in outpatient or inpatient treatment are ways to seek help. Family based intervention is also an important option as it empowers parents to create and enforce clear rules against drinking as well as improve communication between both parties. Environmental and individual level intervention work together to change the way young people think about alcohol by enacting zero tolerance laws and creative outlets for expression.

Resource list
cdc.gove
Nih Underage Drinking
Alcohol Marketing and Youth
Youth Rehab
Youth Statistics
madd.org

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