Opioid Awareness Sign Unveiled
On the morning of October 29th, the first of six Carroll County opioid awareness signs was unveiled. Representatives from the organizations sponsoring the signs had a chance to speak, and then the sign and the first set of numbers was revealed. Other community leaders and representatives from the state Opioid Operational Command Center were also in attendance.
The signs are the work of the Carroll County Opioid Senior Policy Group, a team of local community agencies and individuals working together to direct state funding to local projects to combat the opioid crisis. Several months ago, the group decided to begin a Heroin and Opioid Awareness Sign Campaign. Many other counties have signs that show county residents and visitors the number of deaths from opioids. However, the senior policy group decided they wanted to give the sign a more positive spin, including lives saved using Naloxone, and messages of hope and where to go for help.
Sponsoring agencies for the sign are the Carroll County Health Department, Carroll County Government, Carroll Hospital Center, Carroll County Sheriff, Carroll County Public Schools, Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, and The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County.
The other opioid signs will be installed at locations around the county over the next few weeks. These signs will be maintained by community partners, with numbers being updated monthly using local data. Click here for updated sign data.