The Kent County Behavioral Health Prevention Office helps community groups, agencies and individuals in providing programs and activities to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse, and to build a healthier community. With the use of evidence-based prevention strategies, the Prevention Office works to reduce underage drinking, prevent binge drinking, reduce opioid misuse and prevent opioid overdoses.
We provide educational resources for community groups across the county, including alcohol and prescription medication safety courses for our public school partners. Programs include AlcoholEdu for high school students, which provides a public health-based program geared toward preventing alcohol use in our students. We also provide school assemblies/speakers and other activities that help prevent substance abuse.
The prevention office also coordinates with TIPS trainings and compliance checks, when available, along with additional strategies, that help prevent underage drinking.
Along with activities and attendance at events, we work with local law enforcement to help promote drug disposal sites. We also provide information on Narcan trainings, the Good Samaritan Law and other information.
We collaborate with Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties to prevent opioid misuse in our communities through the Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP), and with community organizations like the Adolescent Substance Abuse Coalition (ASAC) and Kent Goes Purple, whose primary goal is to reduce alcohol and tobacco usage among the county’s adolescent population.