Save a Life

Nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually; making alcohol the 4th leading preventable cause of death in the United States

In the first nine months of 2016, overdose deaths in Maryland jumped 62% over the same time period in 2015

In Maryland, as elsewhere in the nation, deaths from drug overdoses have been increasing steadily. Maryland has implemented a number of strategies to reduce the number of opioid overdoses. Below are a few ways you can help save a life

The Good Samaritan Law


Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law protects people assisting in an emergency overdose situation from arrest, as well as prosecution, for certain crimes.

The purpose of the law is to encourage any person, regardless of age, who experiences or observes a medical emergency caused by the ingestion or use of alcohol or other drugs to seek medical assistance without fear of arrest or prosecution for:

  • Possessing or using a controlled dangerous substance
  • Possessing or using drug paraphernalia
  • Providing alcohol to minors
For more information about the Good Samaritan law, visit www.MDDestinationRecovery.org.

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One-to-One Support for Parents and Caregivers of Young People with Substance Use Challenges


One-to-one support for your family is available through an MCF Family Peer Support Specialist who has personal experience as a parent or caregiver of a young person with substance use challenges. A Family Peer Support Specialist can help you to:

Access evaluation, assessment and treatment services
  • Find recovery services and supports
  • Understand insurance coverage
  • Know your rights as a parent or caregiver
  • Connect to other families dealing with similar challenges
  • Access mental health services
  • Learn about the continuum of services and supports available within the judicial system
Services are provided at no cost to Maryland families.

Find a Family Peer Support Specialist in your community.

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Naloxone


Naloxone (NARCAN®, EVZIO®) is a prescription medication that safely and effectively reverses an opioid overdose.  Naloxone can be injected into a muscle (intramuscular) or vein (intravenous) or sprayed into the nose (intranasal). Doctors, paramedics, and other healthcare providers have used naloxone for decades. Now many more people in Maryland can get access to naloxone to save a life.

How to Get Naloxone

  1. Maryland Overdose Response ProgramThe Maryland Overdose Response Program (ORP) offers in-person, hands-on training and certification in recognizing and responding to opioid overdose with naloxone. Most ORP trainings are free to attend and also provide naloxone to trainees at no charge. Check the calendar for a training in your area or contact your local health department to learn more.

    A statewide standing order is now in effect allowing pharmacists to dispense naloxone to ORP certificate holders without a prescription.

    Maryland's online training for naloxone is now LIVE. Sign up, complete the training and receive your certification in naloxone TODAY. The training takes roughly 20-25 minutes. Sign up.

  2. Ask your doctor – Maryland law allows any healthcare provider who can prescribe drugs in Maryland (including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dentists and others) to prescribe naloxone to their patients. Your provider can prescribe you naloxone if you are personally at risk for opioid overdose OR if you are likely to witness an overdose and be in a position to respond.
Ideally, in order to combat the opioid overdose epidemic, everyone should be trained in how to administer naloxone and carry a kit with them. At a minimum, anyone who is at risk of encountering a person who is overdosing should be trained. Please consider contacting the Maryland Overdose Response Program to learn about trainings in your area.