Harford Community College is making big strides against the rising numbers of overdoses in Harford County by making opioid training mandatory for all full time students. The training will consist of classes focused solely on heroin addiction and awareness training. HCC’s policy change comes after record setting overdoses in 2016, and in even more projected in 2017, as well as the growing presence of fentanyl and carfentanil.
All community colleges in Maryland are required to create policy addressing opioid addiction after the Maryland General Assembly passed bills in the House and State requiring additional training for young students. Harford Community College, which is dead center of the heroin epidemic in Harford County, making training mandatory may turn out to be the most intrusive and time consuming for students; however, may prove to save the most lives.
According to the policy, all full time students are required to take a class either in person or online relating to opioid awareness training. Part time students can also take the course; however, they are not required to complete any training, although that policy may change in the future.
The changes in policy do not stop at the required classes. After the policy goes into effect July 1, HCC will stock a supply of Narcan in order to prevent any potential on campus overdoses, which will be administered by HCC special police officers.
Harford Community College’s mandatory opioid addiction classes are a great step towards raising community awareness about the danger of heroin. Over 7,000 people are enrolled in HCC, and requiring the full time students to learn about the dangers of opioids can be the spark necessary to create a greater net of community support. With the additional education, our young citizens will be able to avoid opioids and focus on their future.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with us. We understand that not everyone may have the fortune to receive opioid addiction awareness training, and we are an institution built on providing help against addiction to anyone.