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Substance Use Overview

Call 410-887-3224 to receive substance use information.

Baltimore County Department of Health

Baltimore County Department of Health
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130

Office Phone: 410-887-3828
REACH Hotline: 410-887-3224
TTY users call via Maryland Relay
The Department provides language assistance services free of charge to persons with limited English proficiency.

The Baltimore County Department of Health provides treatment for substance users and their families, offers programs and services to prevent substance use, and develops, coordinates, and monitors a countywide network of substance use prevention and disorder treatment services.

Prevention Services

Substance use prevention programs provide services to individuals, families, schools, and communities throughout Baltimore County. These programs are designed to prevent or delay the onset of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. View Prevention Services to see specific programs offered.

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Substance Use Services and Programs

Services for Adolescents

Adolescent Services provides specialized services for Baltimore County adolescents and their families. Services include assessment, referral and education. 

Services for Uninsured Adults

For Baltimore County residents who are uninsured, a variety of treatment services are provided either directly by the Baltimore County Department of Health through contracted vendors. Placement into treatment requires a thorough assessment to determine the most effective treatment program needed. Treatment services though contracted vendors are provided to County residents based on their ability to pay. Service is not refused to those who cannot afford treatment. View the Directory of Substance Use Treatment Programs and Providers to find a funded provider.

Adults with private insurance should contact their insurance provider for information on services that are available.

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Criminal Justice Services Unit

The Baltimore County Department of Health provides alcohol and drug assessments for defendants in Circuit and District Court. Education, assessment, and referral services are provided for inmates in the Detention Center. Call 410-887-3828 for additional information.

Overdose Prevention

Interested in learning how to save your friend or loved one from overdosing? Free training is made available on how to recognize, prevent and respond to an opioid overdose. Call the Bureau of Behavioral Health at 410-887-3828 for details.

View the Baltimore County overdose prevention plan (PDF) and the state's public awareness campaign information about opioid overdose prevention.

To prevent loved ones from becoming a victim, learn how to safely store medications (PDF) and where to find the County's 10 drug drop boxes (PDF) to safely dispose of those that are unwanted or expired.


  • Overdose toolkit provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration equips health care providers, communities and local governments with material to develop practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

    Non-alcoholic beverage recipes can add flavor to your party by giving guests tasty alternatives to alcoholic beverages.

  • Party tips for a safe celebration provides hosts with information and ideas to help ensure guests' safety during and after the celebration.

  • National Institute of Mental Health offers resources for coping with traumatic events.


Revised June 17, 2016        

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