Howard County Opioid Overdose Response Program

The Howard County Health Department is offering FREE Opioid Overdose Response Program trainings to become certified to administer naloxone for Howard County residents 18 years of age and older. Call our Bureau of Behavioral Health at 410-313-6202 to register and for more information!

Opioids or opioid-based drugs, include morphine, heroin, oxycodone, and others including: 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 overdose
    • Including how to administer intra-nasal naloxone
  • Rights & responsibilities for those who choose to receive a prescription for naloxone
  • Resources for you, family members, friends & loved ones

Who can register?

Friends, family, partners, yourself. Anyone who has an interest in saving a life with Naloxone.

What's next?

There are TWO OPTIONS. You may watch and learn only, OR watch and learn AND register for the training to become certified to administer naloxone.

* If you would like to become certified to administer naloxone
* Contact us at 410-313-6202 or at to schedule the “practice” part of the training including rescue breathing and assembly of the intra-nasal device and naloxone.
* Attend the Hands-On training and receive the naloxone administration certificate, promotional kit, and naloxone prescription and voucher (value of $60) all for FREE.