The Howard County Health Department will be CLOSED on Monday May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 29th at normal business hours. 

Picture of hand coming out from under white blanket. One Opioid Overdose is too many.

Grassroots 24/7 Crisis Assistance - 800-422-0009 (toll free) 410-531-6677 (local)
Walk-in Assistance 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., 7 Days/Week at Grassroots Crisis Center
Resources and Referrals
- 410-313-6202

For additional information and resources click above or visit HoCoOpioidHelp

May is Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health and everyone can find a way to get moving no matter your age or shape! Adults need 2.5 hours a week of physical activity, and children need 60 minutes a day. 
 Asian family riding bicycles
To learn more about the simple things you can do to stay healthy, visit the Health Promotion page.

Becoming active is a lifestyle change!  Check out the Health Department’s Twitter and Facebook page.

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week is May 21-29

Healthy Safe Swimming Week with little boys coming down a water tube

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and parents of young swimmers can take to help ensure healthy and safe swimming experiences for everyone.  

Staying Healthy in the Water:

Here are some tips swimmers should take to help protect themselves, their friends, and their family, this summer and year round.

  • Don’t swim or let your kids swim when sick with diarrhea.
  • Don’t swallow the water.
  • Take kids on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes.
  • Check diapers every 30–60 minutes and change them in a bathroom or diaper-changing area–not waterside–to keep germs away from the water. 
  • Shower before you get in the water. Rinsing off in the shower for just 1 minute helps get rid of most stuff that might be on swimmer’s body.

For more information about healthy and safe water, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy and Safe Swimming Week webpage

While you're outside in the water, remember to "Protect All the Skin You're In"

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. The most preventable cause of skin cancer is overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, either from the sun or from artificial sources like tanning beds.

To lower your skin cancer risk, protrect your skin from the sun and indoor tanning by:

  • Stay in the shade, especially during late morning through mid-afternoon.
  • Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
  • Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection.
  • Avoid indoor tanning.

For more information about being safe in the sun, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's webpage at

Howard County Health Department is Accepting Submissions for a Teen STD Awareness Video Contest

We're looking for Howard County students in grades 8-12 interested in creating a video that focuses on STI (sexually transmitted infection)Teen STI Video Submission Rules and Information prevention, promotes STI screening and increases awareness among teens in Howard County.

Videos should be:
Student directed, produced and edited
30-90 seconds long
Appropriate for family viewing

In order to enter, teens should:
Upload the video to their own YouTube Channel
Complete an electronic contest submission form at:

Top 3 videos win a $100.00 Amazon Gift Card!

Contest Deadline is May 31, 2018.

Featured Video

Howard County native, David Nix, talks about his experience with substance misuse.

Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Training

For more information about substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page.  For Opioid Overdose Response (naloxone) Training, call 410-313-6202 or contact  (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.) 

Opioid Overdose Prevention Training Time Place
June 18, 2018 9:00 a.m.  Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045                 
July 16, 2018 9:00 a.m.                   "

An Opioid Overdose Response Program Information video is available for viewing online. To view, click on the following link to Opioid/Heroin Overdose Training.

Suicide Prevention App for Smart Phones

Apple App Store:

Google Play Store:

Rabies Vaccinations for Your Pets 
Ttwo female vet techs with dog on exam tablehe Howard County Health Department, in cooperation with the Animal Control and Adoption Center sponsor monthly local vaccination clinics to protect your pet from the rabies virus. Bring your dog, cat, or ferret for a discounted vaccination the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Location:  8576 Davis Road
                     Columbia, MD 21045  
Time:  Every 3rd Thursday

Between the hours of 12pm and 1:30pm

 Cost: $5.00 cash or check

Payable to “Director of Finance”

•    All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier!
•    Pets must be at least 3 months of age to receive a vaccination.
•    Re-vaccinate animals by the 1 or 3 year vaccination expiration date.

•    Please bring proof of any previous vaccinations. For cats and dogs you will need a copy of the previous rabies vaccine from your veterinarian. This will allow us to document a 3 year vaccination on your new certificate.

For more information, contact:
Bureau of Environmental Health at 
(410) 313-1773
Animal Control and Adoption Center at 
(410) 313-2780

Food-borne Illnesses
Important: If you think you are sick due to eating bad food or food product, contact the Bureau of Environmental Health at 410-313-1772.  After business cartoon of a tomato inundated by bacteria hours, leave a message with your call back information and we will return your call first thing the morning of the following day.