Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative of Maryland Reached Hundreds of Residents Across The State With Educational Trailer Featuring Signs of Substance Misuse

Posted by on in Blog
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 11462
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print
  • Report this post

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Maryland teamed up with its partners to bring the RALI CARES interactive trailer to locations across the state in an effort to help educate parents and adults on the warning signs of teenage substance misuse.

The educational trailer is set up as a mock teenage bedroom to teach parents where signs of addiction may be hidden at home and was designed with the help of both law enforcement and individuals with substance use disorders.

The RALI CARES trailer is a partnership between Code 3 and RALI.  Over the summer, the trailer visited six communities across Maryland, where more than 600 parents, grandparents, community leaders and first responders learned about how to spot signs of drug misuse.  Former law enforcement and other experts were on hand with the trailer to guide participants through the exhibit educating about warning signs, potential areas of abuse and tools to talk to teenagers. Many participants were taken aback by what they saw and implored families and friends to be more vigilant about looking for signs of substance misuse in their own home. 

“This epidemic does not discriminate. Every county in Maryland, including Cecil County, is struggling to get its arms around this crisis,” said Virgil Boysaw, the executive director of Drug Free Cecil, and a RALI Maryland partner. “No one can afford to sit on the sidelines of this crisis and that’s why we have joined the RALI effort. The epidemic is everywhere, so the solutions need to be everywhere too. The RALI CARES trailer allowed us to bring an educational tool directly to Cecil County residents to help each of us learn how we can do our part. We look forward to having the trailer back to Cecil County soon.”

“There’s an epidemic nationwide and it’s affecting people of all ages. But every day it seems like those affected are getting younger and younger and younger,” said Joe Abdalla, executive director of Code 3. “A lot of people who came through the trailer had no idea about the signs we showed them. The more we’re out there, the more people will have a chance to come and learn the hidden warning signs. We’re going to help a lot of people with the Code 3 and RALI partnership.”

The concept for the trailer began after local law enforcement officers had visited bedrooms of young adults who had overdosed. During these visits, the officers observed all types of signs and indicators of substance misuse throughout the room. However, it was clear that to anybody beyond law enforcement the signs weren’t obvious. The trailer helps fill the knowledge gap for parents, grandparents and other adults so they, too, can recognize signs of misuse and perhaps start a conversation around the issue.

“This is so very important for so many reasons.  This can save a child’s life.  (It’s) a lifesaving, educational piece that I think everybody should see,” said Baltimore resident Andrea Counts who toured the trailer in Baltimore City.  

Click here to see a video about the RALI CARES trailer and its appearances in Maryland. 

The RALI Maryland website, www.RALImd.org, serves as the hub of information about the organization’s efforts. The alliance aims to bring together leaders to mobilize stakeholders, highlight programs that save lives, partner with policymakers and share ideas to effectively address the crisis.

About RALI Maryland
The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Maryland is a diverse alliance of nearly two dozen local, state and national organizations committed to finding solutions to help end the opioid crisis in Maryland.  The organization is bringing people and organizations from all walks of life to share, learn and work across community boundaries to help save lives, mobilize stakeholders and provide informational resources. 

  • Addiction Policy Forum
  • Beloved Community Services Corporation
  • Cecil County Community Drug Coalition
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
  • Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland
  • Maryland Association of Chain Drug Stores
  • Maryland Chamber of Commerce
  • Maryland Fraternal Order of Police
  • Maryland Hospital Association
  • Maryland Pharmacists Association
  • Maryland Realtors
  • Maryland Rural Health Association
  • Maryland Sheriffs’ Association/Maryland Chiefs of Police
  • Maryland State Grange
  • MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society
  • National Black Nurses Association
  • National Consumers League
  • National Sheriffs’ Association
  • Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
  • Professional Firefighters of Maryland
  • Southern Baptist Church
  • Union Baptist Church
  • Veterans Health Council
  • Vets Against Drugs
  • Vietnam Veterans of America
Rate this blog entry:

Maryland’s leading source of aggregated and original news and opinion on government, politics, business and more. Called one of the “nation’s best state-based political blogs” by the Washington Post.