Grassroots 24/7 Crisis Assistance - 410-531-6677 (local) or 2-1-1 (statewide)
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

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness and education about the importance of early screening, testing and more.  The Health Department holds a Breast Cancer Remembrance Tree Pinning which celebrates the lives of those who have or have had Breast Cancer. Visitors to the Health Department can pin the names of friends and loved ones on the “tree” to acknowledge their fight against this disease. 

Breast Cancer Resources:

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Join Howard County Health Department in recognizing National Substance Abuse Prevention Month (NSAPM.)  NSAPM is an annual observance focused on raising the public awareness about the importance of substance use prevention. Early intervention helps prevent substance abuse and reduce the negative consequences of addiction before they occur. 

As part of NSAPM, Howard County Health Department is encouraging the community to take action and get involved in preventing substance abuse by participating in Drug Take Back Day hosted by HCDrugFree on October 27, 2018 to return unwanted prescription medications. For details and more information about Drug Take Back Day, visit HC DrugFree's webpage.

Seasonal Flu Clinics

Coming in November.

 The Doctor Is In - Episode Two - Teen Mental Health & Suicide 

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The second episode of the Health Department podcast, The Doctor Is In is now available on Howard Community College’s Dragon Digital Radio.  This episode explores teen mental health and suicide.  In Howard County, from 2014-2016, suicide was the number one cause of death for teens age 15-19. In this podcast, we'll talk to the mother of a Howard County girl who died by suicide and to the lead clinician from Grassroots' Mobile Crisis Team about teen mental health, suicide and resources available to help. You can hear all of the episodes of The Doctor Is In at: 

National Recovery Month Walk Rescheduled 

Howard County Recovery Walk Flier-Oct 27, 2018, Ellicott City Assembly of God Ellicott City MD The Recovery Walk has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. It will be held at the Ellicott City Assembly of God church located at 10600 Frederick Rd. Ellicott City, MD  21042.  There will be live music, resources and free food (while supplies last).

Recovery Resources


 Featured Video

Howard County Health Department Peer Support Specialist, Scott Sheldon, talks about his experience with substance misuse and the purpose of the Good Samaritan Law.


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.) 

November 19, 2018  9:00 a.m. Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045
December 17, 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
12:00pm 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.


Upcoming Calendar of Events

Thursday, 1 November, 2018
American Diabetes Month

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Chronic Pain Self-Management Leader Training

Friday, 2 November, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Chronic Pain Self-Management Leader Training.

Wednesday, 7 November, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Diabetes Awareness Month Lobby Event

Thursday, 8 November, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Chronic Pain Self-Management Leader Training

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Health Care Recruitment Fair  - North Laurel Community Center

Friday, 9 November, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Certified Chronic Pain Self-Management Leader Training

Wednesday, 14 November, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Diabetes Awareness Month Lobby Event

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Local Behavioral Health Authority Board Meeting

Thursday, 15 November, 2018
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM STI Update - CME Event for Pediatricians – STI Screening and Treatment Info & Data

Saturday, 17 November, 2018
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Annual Coat Day & Homeless Resource Fair – Wilde Lake Interfaith Center

Monday, 19 November, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Opioid Overdose Prevention Training

Wednesday, 21 November, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Diabetes Awareness Month Lobby Event

Tuesday, 27 November, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Board of Health Meeting

Wednesday, 28 November, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Diabetes Awareness Month Lobby Event

Friday, 30 November, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Addressing Racial Trauma Lecture – Howard Community College