(April 12, 2019) – The Behavioral Intervention/Care Team (BIT) at Hagerstown Community College recently held an Opioid Community Panel to keep the conversation going about substance abuse.
The panel discussion was led by Hagerstown City Councilwoman Emily Keller, Washington Goes Purple; Eric Byers, campus safety & emergency preparedness coordinator at HCC; Lt. Joshua McCauley, Washington County’s Sherriff’s Office; Christina Trenton, chief operating officer at Well’s House; and John Kotz, director of operations at Awakenings Recovery Center.
Local organizations joined the event to provide resources for students, including The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Narcotics Anonymous, Brook Lane, Potomac Case Management, Project Act Now, Hub City Strong Harm Reduction, and HCC’s Substance Abuse Counseling Program.
During the event, winners from the recent “Artists Journey of Recovery” art contest were announced. The contest, organized by HCC’s BIT Team and Wells House, Inc., was free and open to anyone in recovery or who had been impacted by substance abuse disorder. The first place winner went to Mitch Mitcherson, “Thinking Outside the Box;” second place winner Mark Kessler, “You Are One I Am Too;” and third place Terrance Davis, “Mental Illness Dark and Bright Sides.” The HCC Choice winner was T. Christopher, “Lion of Judah.” The Wells House winner was done by an anonymous artist.
For more information about HCC’s BIT Team, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/BIT.