In 2012, 259 million opioid pain medication prescriptions were written, enough for every adult in America to have a bottle of pills.

In 2012, 259 million opioid pain medication prescriptions were written, enough for every adult in America to have a bottle of pills.

What To Do in An Overdose

Call 911 immediately.

Stay with the person.

Give Naloxone (Narcan) if available.

DO NOT slap the person, put into a cold bath or try to induce vomiting.

Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law provides immunity for you AND the overdose victim if you call for help.
 

How to Avoid Opioid Misuse / Opioid Overdose


(from SAMHSA)

Youth who say they have access to drugs at school

In Howard County, 1.1% of youth age 11 or younger say they have access to drugs at school according to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey; 7.2% of 14-year old middle school students agree as do 25.4% of 15 year old high school students. By senior year, 26.3% of high school youth age 18 say this is true.

Take medication only as prescribed.

Do not take more than instructed.

Call your doctor if your pain worsens.

Never mix painkillers with alcohol or sleeping pills.

Store your medication in a safe place.

Dispose of unused medication properly.

Teach your friends and family how to respond to an overdose.

Discuss any concerns with your doctor.

 

Medication Disposal

HCPD Northern District: 3410 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, 24/7

HCPD Southern District: 11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel, 24/7

Gary Arthur Community Center: 2400 Route 97, Cooksville, Monday-Saturday, 7AM – 9PM, Sunday 9AM-6PM

 

Dispose of your needles, syringes and EpiPens

HC DrugFree, Wilde Lake Village Center, 5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 206, Columbia, MD 21044

Call 443-325-0040 to arrange for drop-off