Howard County Opioid Overdose Response Program

The Howard County Health Department offers FREE Opioid Overdose Response Program virtual trainings on the first Tuesday and last Thursday of each month. This Spray Can Save a Life - Narcan Spray. Click for PDF version of card. Registration is required. Call our Bureau of Behavioral Health at 410-313-6202 or email to register and for more information!


Opioid Overdose Prevention
(Narcan) Training
Time Registration link
Thursday, October 29 3:00 p.m. Click here to register
Tuesday, November 10 3:00 p.m. Click here to register
Tuesday, December 1 3:00 p.m. Click here to register
Thursday, December 17 3:00 p.m. Click here to register


What are opioids?

Opioids or opioid-based drugs include: morphine, heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl, Duragesic, hydrocodone, Norco, Vicodin, hydromorphone, Dilaudid, Astramorph, Avinza OxyContin, Percocet. 

Prescription opioids are used to treat pain. Overdose can lead to a loss of alertness, unconsciousness or even death.

What is naloxone?

It is a prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose. It cannot be used to get high and is not addictive. Naloxone is safe and effective; emergency medical professionals and doctors have used it for decades.

How does naloxone help?

Opioids can slow or stop a person's breathing, which causes death. Naloxone can help reverse an opioid overdose.

What will training participants learn?

  • Types of opioids (heroin and pain medication)
  • How to recognize, respond, and prevent an opioid overdosenaloxonecoverphoto1
    • Including how to administer intra-nasal naloxone
    • Information about Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law 
  • Resources for you, family members, friends & loved ones

Who can be trained?

Howard County residents (even those under 18). 

Learn more about the Maryland Overdose Response Program at:

How to Get Naloxone

1.    Find a pharmacy that stocks naloxone.
2.    Calling the pharmacy ahead of time to make sure naloxone is in stock is recommended.Narcan Spray image
3.    At the pharmacy, ask to speak to a pharmacist about naloxone. Have your prescription filled (standing order).
4.     Individuals who get naloxone from a pharmacy are responsible for payment through their insurance, Maryland Medicaid, cash, or another method. 
Important Information about Getting Naloxone from a Pharmacy
Will naloxone be in stock?
The pharmacies in the list above have been identified as currently stocking naloxone by the pharmacies’ corporate offices. Naloxone stock can vary, so calling ahead to make sure naloxone is in stock is recommended.
If naloxone is not currently in stock at any Maryland CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid store, it can be ordered and made available within the next business day.
Do I need a prescription?
On June 1, 2017, Dr. Howard Haft, Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, issued a  revised statewide standing order  allowing all Maryland-licensed pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription under the Overdose Response Program.  Please visit for more information.
For frequently asked questions, click HERE to see information issued by MDH.
 Which type of naloxone will I get?
 The pharmacies in the list above may be able to provide any of the naloxone products currently available.
 However, Maryland CVS stores are no longer stocking Amphastar nasal naloxone. Those who request Amphastar may be offered another type of naloxone.

Mind Your Meds

Many who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting it from friends, family and acquaintances. Make sure the those in your life don’t have access to your medicine. Follow the following three steps:


Parents are in an influential position to immediately help reduce access to prescription medicine because medicine is commonly found in the home. But how aware are you of the quantities that are currently in your home? Think about this: Would you know if some of your pills were missing? From this day forward, make sure you can honestly answer yes.