Heat-related illness can be deadly. Visit our Emergency Preparedness page for more information about staying safe and cool this summer.
For more information about Behavioral Health, click HERE or click on the Behavioral Health tab on the left.
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Electronic smoking devices (ESDs) contain harmful chemical that cause lung disease and possibly death. They also contain addictive nictoine that can damage your brain. For more information about the dangers of vaping and the effects it can have on teens and young adults, visit our Tobacco Control Program page.
***For clinician information, visit our Tobacco Control Program page.***
Suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 in 2017. In Howard County, suicide was the leading cause of death for youth ages 15-19 between 2014-2016. According to the Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 1 in 6 high school students and 1 in 5 middle school students have “seriously considered attempting suicide”.
An evidence-based Youth Suicide Prevention Plan, accompanied by an “It’s OK to Ask” outreach campaign, was created to encourage both youth and adults to talk openly about suicide and suicide prevention. Learn suicide warning signs and get tips about how to start a conversation by visiting teenhealthmatters.org
The second phase of the Youth Suicide Prevention Program began in November 2019 with the implementation of the Sources of Strength Program. Sources of Strength is a best-practice youth suicide prevention project. Student peer leaders and adult advisors design and share Hope, Help and Strength-based messages with youth in the community to prevent suicide, bullying and substance use.
How does Sources of Strength work?
Follow the HCHD Sources of Strength Program on Facebook and Instagram. Watch a video about Sources of Strength in action in Howard County here.
“It’s OK to Ask” and Sources of Strength campaign materials, information, resources and training are available at teenhealthmatters.org, or by contacting Colleen Nester, Health Department Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator at 410-313-0613.
The dangers of vaping and e-cigarette use have been in the news almost daily for the past several months. Despite the dangers of vaping, teens are using e-cigarettes more than ever. In this podcast, we discuss the dangers of vaping, especially for teens and young adults, and what programs are available in Howard County to help those who use e-cigarettes quit their habit. being undertaken by the Health Department and partners, to combat the stigma surrounding mental health and how to take action to help those experiencing depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide. Click HERE to hear the current podcast.
You can hear all of the episodes of The Doctor Is In at: https://dragondigitalradio.podbean.com/category/the-doctor-is-in
For more information about substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page. Opioid Overdose Response (Narcan) Training is now provided on a "drop-in" basis twice a month. For questions or more information call 410-313-6202 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.)
For online naloxone training visit Next Naloxone's website HERE. An Opioid Overdose Response Program Information video is also available for viewing online. To view, click on the following ezcast.com link to Opioid/Heroin Overdose Training.
Suicide Prevention App for Smart Phones
Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/there-is-hope/id1122136102?mt=8
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextlogik.grassroots&hl=en
Rabies Vaccinations for Your Pets
***Due to COVID-19, Howard County Rabies Clinics are CANCELLED until further notice.***
Howard County Health Department and the Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center hold monthly vaccination clinics to protect your dog, cat or ferret from the rabies virus.
8576 Davis Road
Columbia, MD 21045
Monthly - 3rd Thursday
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 old to receive a vaccination.
• For a 3-year vaccine, bring a copy of rabies vaccine history from a veterinarian. Otherwise, a 1-year vaccine will be administered.
• A County license for your pet may be obtained at an additional charge ($6.00 for altered, $24.00 for unaltered.) Proof of spay/neuter is required.
For more information, contact:
Bureau of Environmental Health at
Animal Control and Adoption Center at
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 hours, leave a message with your call back information and we will return your call first thing the morning of the following day.
*** Due to COVID-19, the Health Department will not be participating in in-person community outreach events.***
We are happy to provide resources and information to your organization. Where possible, virtual presentations may be an option depending on staff availability. Please see the links below for COVID-19 information and resources. For additional questions or information, please contact us at email@example.com.
Howard County Health Department