Howard County Opioid Overdose Response Program

The Howard County Health Department offers FREE Opioid Overdose Response Program trainings, between 3pm-6pm on the first Tuesday and last Thursday of each month, This Spray Can Save a Life - Narcan Spray. Click for PDF version of card.on a drop-in basis.  Call our Bureau of Behavioral Health at 410-313-6202 or email to register and for more information!

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?
No. A Standing Order is in place, so no prescription is necessary
Pharmacy participation in the standing order may vary; ask to speak to a pharmacist about naloxone.
 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.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

The Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was created to support providers and their patients with the safe and effective use of prescription drugs. The PDMP is part of Maryland's response to the ongoing opioid epidemic in Maryland and across the country.

Beginning October 1, 2016, practitioners authorized to prescribe Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) in Maryland must be registered with the PDMP prior to obtaining a new or renewal State CDS Registration by July 1, 2017, whichever occurs sooner. This applies to physicians, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, dentists, podiatrists and veterinarians. This  mandate does not apply to nurses.

For more information, visit the Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring page.