Overdose Response Program

Maryland’s Overdose Response Program (ORP) launched in 2014 to train individuals most able to assist someone at risk of dying from an opioid overdose when emergency medical services are not immediately available. Persons who are trained by St. Mary’s County Health Department will receive a free rescue kit that includes naloxone (Narcan®), a life-saving medication that may be able to restore the breathing of a person who has overdosed on heroin, fentanyl, or a prescription opioid drug like oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, 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 those who are more likely to be in a situation where they could help someone experiencing an 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 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 who might be using opioids for non-medical reasons

By successfully completing the brief training, a person will learn how to administer naloxone to restore the breathing of someone who has overdosed on opioids. Participants who complete the training will receive supplies and medication 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 uses 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.

  • March 13, 2018 (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.) at St. Mary’s County Health Department
  • April 5, 2018 (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.) at St. Mary’s County Health Department
  • May 10, 2018 (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.) at St. Mary’s County Health Department

Click here to register for an upcoming class.

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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Administering NARCAN® (naloxone)

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

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