Red Emmas

Youth and Opioids at Red Emmas

The Baltimore City Health Department, along with artist and activist Aaron Maybin, rap star President Davo, and media personality Raven Paris, hosted an open panel discussion on how overdose deaths caused by substance use disorders impact Baltimore City.

The Baltimore City Health Department, along with artist and activist Aaron Maybin, recording artist President Davo, and media personality Raven Paris, hosted an opioid panel discussion on how overdose deaths caused by substance use disorders impact Baltimore City, to kick off their new 2019 campaign focusing on prevention in youth and emerging adults. The hour and a half long program discussed exposure to drug culture, hip-hop’s role in substance use, emotional regulation, and personal experiences with substance use disorders. Stigma was a recurring topic that was also addressed by discussing empathy and compassion fatigue. Medicated Assisted Treatment, a polarizing topic for black and brown communities in Baltimore, was addressed with a mutual understanding that there are many different paths to recovery. No matter what an individual’s path is, be it a 12 step program, MAT, a recovery group, a detox program, holistic practices, mental services are an important aspect to ensuring a better quality of life.