2017 Press Releases

Posted on: March 16, 2017

Prescription Overdose Awareness Billboard Winner Honored by Commissioners

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Norristown, PA (March 16, 2017) – The Montgomery County Commissioners honored Maddy Fair, a junior at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, during their board meeting Thursday for winning the Prescription Overdose Awareness Billboard Contest.

“Maddy’s design highlights the tragic personal toll of substance use disorder and how it changes people in ways they can’t imagine. Her creativity and passion will help those who are suffering and their families and provides a number to call for help,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “The county Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs is committed to the prevention and treatment of substance abuse problems and supporting families and individuals in getting the help and treatment they need.”

This is the second year Montgomery County’s Overdose Task Force and the Office of Drug & Alcohol have coordinated the Prescription Overdose Awareness Billboard Contest. The contest was advertised to middle and high school students in all of the 22 school districts in Montgomery County to design a billboard with a message on how to help for those who need it. The contest is designed to engage students in discussions about the epidemic of substance use and overdose and using their voices to reach their peers.

Maddy’s design, which incorporated a photo of herself, was one of 31 designs submitted from high schools around Montgomery County, and one of 11 finalists.

Public voting took place on the County’s website, finalists were selected and a winner was chosen by popular vote. There were 2,786 online votes cast (200 more than last year). The billboards will be displayed on 13 different digital billboards rotated throughout the county from April through June 2017.

Maddy was joined by her parents Ken and Lori Fair, her photography teacher, Candy Maggioncalda, and Principal Jason Bacani. Maddie was given an enlarged version of her winning design and a commendation during the County Commissioners’ Meeting on March 16, 2017.

The Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs is committed to the prevention and treatment of substance abuse problems in Montgomery County. Services are delivered in partnership with qualified providers, and are guided by a philosophy that embraces hope, respect, and support for recovery.

The Montgomery County Drug and Alcohol Program provides a wide range of drug and alcohol services to county residents. These services fit into three main categories: Prevention, intervention, and treatment. Each year approximately 6,000 county residents receive drug and alcohol awareness counseling. In addition, 3,500 residents receive short term counseling, and 1,500 residents receive ongoing outpatient and inpatient care, with the primary focus being on attaining and maintaining a drug and alcohol free life.

Prevention and intervention services are provided to the community at large regardless of personal income.

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