The Montgomery County Police Department last week unveiled the Community Opioid Prevention Education (COPE) Trailer. The exhibit, which will travel to community events across the County, can help loved ones identify red flags typically associated with substance abuse.
The inside of the trailer is built to resemble a typical bedroom and bathroom, and inside are items considered minor (yellow) and major (red) indicators that an individual may have a problem with opioids or other controlled dangerous substances.
According to a press release:
A tour guide will point out the items and explain what they are, how they are used, and why they are concerning. There will be examples of different types of controlled dangerous substances such as heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and marijuana. At the conclusion of the trailer tour, participants can ask questions and get information about the County programs that assist with addiction and other drug-related illnesses.
The COPE Trailer, part of the County’s Police Department’s Community Engagement Division, which will travel to community events throughout the County. COPE is a partnership with the Opioid Intervention Team that consists of participants from the County’s Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, Fire & Rescue Services, Public Schools (MCPS) and Department of Health and Human Services.
An MCPS grant, with additional funding by the Montgomery County Police Foundation, funded the trailer purchase.
Read the full press release for more information.