Overdose Response Program

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) launched Maryland’s Overdose Response Program (ORP) in 2014 to train and certify qualified individuals most able to assist someone at risk of dying from an opioid overdose when emergency medical services are not immediately available. Successfully trained individuals will receive a certificate allowing them to obtain a prescription for naloxone (Narcan®), a life-saving medication that can quickly restore the breathing of a person who has overdosed on heroin or prescription opioid pain medication like oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, fentanyl or methadone.

Training for Community Members:

The St. Mary’s County Health Department is offering the Overdose Response Program for free to community members who may be able to save the life of someone experiencing breathing problems from opioid overdose. The training is meant for adults who are more likely to be in a situation where they could help someone experiencing opioid overdose (e.g., parents, caregivers, and others whose social, occupational, volunteer, or family experience might lead to a situation where they could help someone who has overdosed on opioids). Participants in the training will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, the importance of calling 9-1-1 in medical emergencies, as well as how to administer naloxone and care for someone until emergency help arrives.

Click here to register for an upcoming class.

For Healthcare Providers and Pharmacists:

Click here to visit the prescribing naloxone webpage for additional resources and information on prescribing and dispensing naloxone.

Who Should Participate in the Overdose Response Program?
  • Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible
  • Anyone with close contacts (e.g., family members, friends, housemates, neighbors) who are using opioids
  • Anyone who may be in situation (e.g., work, volunteer, social) where an overdose may occur
  • Anyone currently receiving methadone
  • Anyone with an opioid prescription
  • Anyone with a history of opioid abuse
  • Anyone suspected of using opioids for non-medical reasons

By successfully completing the two-hour training curriculum, a person may be certified to administer naloxone to restore the breathing of someone who has overdosed on opioids. Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a certification card that allows them to receive a prescription for naloxone and the necessary supplies for the administration of naloxone.

Who Should Receive a Naloxone Prescription? 
  • Anyone who has completed the Overdose Response Program
  • Anyone with a known history of IV drug use or misuse of prescription opioids
  • Anyone who is prescribed high-dose opioids or is prescribed opioids chronically
  • Anyone who has been hospitalized for opioid overdose
  • Anyone who use opioids with antidepressants, benzodiazepines, alcohol, or other drugs
  • Anyone who uses opioids with a history of major organ dysfunction (renal, hepatic, cardiac, or pulmonary)
  • Anyone using opioids with a history of mental illness
  • Anyone receiving treatment for substance use disorder
Class Schedule:

Please click here  to subscribe for e-mail announcements regarding the St. Mary’s County Overdose Response Program.

  • May 30 (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.) at Beacon of Hope Recovery & Wellness Center of Walden, Lexington Park
  • June 14 (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.) at St. Mary’s County Health Department

Click here to register for an upcoming class.

*Applicants must be 18 years of age and have, or reasonably expect to have as a result of the individual’s occupation or volunteer work, or family or social experience, the ability to assist someone experiencing an opioid overdose.

For more information about the ORP or to schedule a group training, please contact Jessica Hartman, Overdose Response Program Administrator, at 301-475-4297 or by email at jessica.hartman@maryland.gov.

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(For informational purposes only. Overdose Response Program training is still required for certification.)

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