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Opioid Overdose Response

Howard County Health Department offers an Opioid Overdose Response Program  that trains you to recognize an opioid overdose and save a person's life!  Click Here for more information about how to take the class.

Naloxone (Narcan) Now Available from Primary Care Physicians

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is working with physicians state-wide to address the opioid overdose public health crisis.  Most all doctors are now able to write prescriptions for  Naloxone (the life-saving drug that reverses the effects of opiods).

In order to have your doctor or health care provider write you a prescription, the doctor must follow the below guidelines:ORP Syringe(2) 

  • Anyone who has completed the Overdose Response Program (HCHD offers the program. Call 410-313-6202 for more)
  • Anyone with a known history of IV drug use or misuse of prescription opioids
  • Anyone who receives high-dose opioids or reveives opioids regularly
  • Anyone who has been hospitalized for an opioid overdose
  • Anyone who uses opioids with antidepressants, benzodiazepines, alcohol or other drugs
  • Anyone who uses opioids with a history of major organ problems (kidneys, liver, heart or lungs)
  • Anyone using opioids with a history of mental illness and
  • Anyone receiving treatment for a substance use disorder

Naloxone is available in the Medicaid Program without pre-authorization state-wide. There is a $1 co-pay, but you will not be turned away if you cannot pay the copay.

Please encourage family members and friends of those who use opiods to take HCHD's Opiod Overdose Prevention Program.  It is FREE of charge and may help you save a life!!  Call us at 410-313-6202 and we can schedule you for one of our upcoming classes.

Bureau of Behavioral Health Services Offers:

The Health Department's Bureau of Behavioral Health offers Substance Use Disorder Services including assessments, individual sessions, group sessions and family counseling for adolescents and adults. The Bureau of Behavioral Health is certified and staffed with licensed counselors.

Early Intervention
Outpatient Treatment
Outpatient Treatment at the Detention Center
Intensive Outpatient Treatment (minimum of 9 hours a week)
Urine Drug Testing
Psychiatric Evaluations and Medication Monitoring
Buprenorphine Induction and Maintenance
Continuing Care: Recovery Follow-up
Care Coordination
Peer Recovery Support Services

Click here for a copy of the Howard County Resource Directory for Substance Abuse Treatment & Recovery


     * Walk-in assessments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
     * Assessments by appointment are on Wednesdays and Fridays ONLY 


The program bills Medicaid and some private insurance plans.  Our fees are based on a sliding scale based on family income if you are uninsured.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday 
8:30 AM – 8:30 PM

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM.
Closed Saturday and Sunday 


8930 Stanford Blvd,
Columbia, MD 21045

For more information about accessibility, call 410-313-6300.

Service Contract Links:

 Prevention Services provided by HC DrugFree - Click here to visit their website 

Alcohol Drug Abuse Advisory Board - Minutes and Agendas




September   ADAAB Agenda 9-16-2015   
 May   ADAAB Agenda May Meeting  ADAAB Meeting Minutes 5-2015 
 April    ADAAB Meeting Minutes 4-2015 
 March     ADAAB 2015 March Meeting Minutes 
 February   ADAAB Agenda 2-18-2015  ADAAB Meeting Minutes 2-18-2015 
 January   ADAAB Agenda 1-21-15  ADAAB Meeting Minutes 1-21-2015  
 December  n/a n/a
 November   ADAAB Agenda-11-19-2014   ADAAB November 2014 Meeting Minutes 
 October   ADAAB Agenda-October   ADAAB Agenda-10-15-2014 
 September    ADAAB September Minutes