In response to Harford County’s opiate/heroin epidemic, the Harford County Health Department will offer free training in the administration of naloxone (also branded under the name, NARCAN), a potentially life-saving medication. The opportunity is extended to any family member or loved one of an opiate user, as well as to any interested community member. Any and all adults age 18 and over are welcomed.
The program, to be held on July 20th from 6:00PM to 7:00PM pm in Suite 300 at the Health Department’s 120 Hays Street offices in Bel Air, includes hands-on training and certification in recognizing and responding to opioid overdose with naloxone. In addition to the training, participants will receive NARCAN kits at no cost.
According to Dr. Julie Stancliff, D.O., Medical Director for the Harford County Health Department Behavioral Health Services Division, “Naloxone reverses the effects of opioids (also sometimes referred to as narcotics), including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness. Naloxone training and certification program enables the certificate holder to access prescription naloxone, as well as carry and administer the medication and is being conducted in conjunction with the Maryland Overdose Response Program (ORP).”
In addition to Naloxone Certification Training, the Division of Behavioral Health Services provides comprehensive substance abuse and mental health services including assessment, screening, individual and group counseling, intensive out-patient treatment for SUD, medication management, referral and continuing care services, family education and support, and Likewise, the Behavioral Health Division offers a Suboxone detoxification program and Vivitrol medication at their health department location and refers individuals for inpatient treatment and/or detoxification programs as appropriate, based on clinical evaluation and criteria.
To register for the Naloxone training program or to obtain more information about the
program or to get answers about other aspects of opiate addiction, the public may contact the
Harford County Health Department Behavioral Health Services Division at 410-877-2340.