March 26, 2018
McDaniel Campus Security Deputy Chief Adam Reid explains that while he has prepared his officers on how to respond to opioid overdoses, as far as he knows, the narcotics epidemic has yet to reach the campus.
“For about three years our officers have carried NARCAN with them, just in case,” said Reid. “Fortunately, we haven’t had to use it.”
On June 26, 2017, the Maryland Independent College and University Association partnered with NARCAN in an effort to halt the opioid crisis. McDaniel College President Roger Casey, who is chair of the association, was on board with the partnership.
“Colleges must be prepared to respond to every emergency,” said Casey in a statement reported by the Maryland Independent College and University Association. “While I hope we never need to use NARCAN, I recognize the need for a comprehensive and proactive response to the opioid epidemic, which must include education, training, counselling, and life-saving medicine.”
The precautions that Casey, the Maryland Independent College and University Association, and the McDaniel Campus Safety Department have taken reflect the actions taken by government officials around the country in response to the rising rates of drug related emergency room visits and deaths in the past decade.
According to the Maryland Behavioral Health Association, Carroll County ranked 10 out of Maryland’s 24 counties for the number of heroin related deaths in 2016. Eighty-nine percent of all intoxication deaths in Maryland were opioid related.
Although McDaniel has been able to avoid the effects of this nation-wide crisis so far, Maryland and Carroll County have clearly been affected.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has made this epidemic one of his main focuses.