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May 18, 2017

Loretta Lawson-Munsey, coordinator of substance abuse education at Anne Arundel Community College, was honored recently with an executive citation by Anne Arundel County Executive Steven R. Schuh.

“It’s humbling for my work to be recognized,” said Lawson-Munsey. “I work with great people, and we still have a lot of work to do … We have worked together as a county and created an amazing team. My vision is to create a healing environment that fosters recovery and drives success.”

The award recognizes her leadership at the Collegiate Recovery Center at AACC. “Your commitment to helping create a safe and supportive campus-based student recovery community has contributed significantly to relapse prevention, increased academic performance and positive student academic outcomes,” Schuh wrote in the citation. He presented Lawson-Munsey with the award at the on-campus Hoops for Hope event in April. The annual event raises money for the Recovery Walk in Annapolis and the Collegiate Recovery Center.

Lawson-Munsey, also registered nurse, established the center in 2011 to meet a need for substance abuse treatment and recovery. "I was seeing a lot of students in need of treatment recovery and a large number of students in recovery," she said. She felt she couldn’t meet the needs herself, so she established a peer health education program, providing training to students to be peer support specialists.

The county – and the country – has seen a rise in opioid-related overdoses and deaths over the past few years. Last year, opioid-related deaths in Maryland exceeded firearm and motor vehicle fatalities combined.

For information about the AACC Collegiate Recovery Center call 410-777-1428 or visit here.