ORP Program

The Howard County Health Department offers FREE Opioid Overdose Response Program monthly virtual trainingsIn-person training and Narcan distribution also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm at the Harm Reduction RV in the Health Department parking lot. Call our Bureau of Behavioral Health at 410-313-6202 or email  [email protected] for more information!

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Use the link below to register for an upcoming virtual Narcan training. Pre-registration is required.

Opioid Overdose Prevention
(Narcan) Training
Time Registration Link
Thursday, November 10 3:00 p.m. Click here to register
Thursday, December 1 3:00 p.m. Click here to register
Tuesday, December 6 3:00 p.m. Click here to register
Thursday, December 15 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 overdose
    • 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: NaloxoneMD.org

Responding to an Opioid Overdose

Naloxone is a prescription medication that reverses an opioid overdose by restoring breathing. Naloxone is safe, even for children and pregnant women, and has minimal side effects (nausea and vomiting). There is no potential for abuse or getting high.  Obtain free naloxone medication when you attend a training at the health department and learn to save a life.

For additional information about Naloxone visit the State of Maryland Overdose Response Program page.







Online Naloxone Training

NEXT Naloxone is an online opioid overdose responder training site that includes mail-based naloxone distribution at no cost to people most likely to be first responders in a opioid overdose incident. Visit their website by clicking HERE.


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