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Attend a free training in Baltimore County

The Baltimore County Department of Health is offering a free, two-hour training on how to recognize, prevent and respond to an opioid overdose by using intra-nasal Naloxone, a prescription medication that is used to reverse an overdose. Training is scheduled for the following dates in 2017:

Wednesday, January 25*, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Drumcastle Government Center, Third Floor
6401 York Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Wednesday, February 15*, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pikesville Library
1301 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, Maryland 21208

Tuesday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Essex
911 Mace Avenue
Essex, Maryland 21221

Tuesday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Hiss United Methodist Church
8700 Harford Road
Parkville, Maryland 21234

Tuesday, May 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Arbutus Library
855 Sulphur Spring Road
Arbutus, Maryland 21227

Wednesday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center
323 Sollers Point Road
Dundalk, Maryland 21212

*These training will be cancelled if Baltimore County Government closes due to inclement weather.

The training is aimed to reach those who are concerned about loved ones or friends who may be at risk for overdosing on heroin or prescription pain medication. In addition to learning about opioids, participants will be taught how to recognize, respond to and prevent an opioid overdose.

The session will teach registrants how to administer intra-nasal naloxone to reverse an overdose. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, prescription for naloxone that can be filled on site, and a kit containing information and other materials.

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Register online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/odresponse  or call 410-887-3828.


Free Resource Fair Offers Resources for Professionals, Parents and Families

Baltimore County is holding its Ninth Annual Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Resource Fair from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Oregon Ridge Lodge (13401 Beaver Dam Road). With a collaboration of more than nine agencies, the Fair will feature resources for professionals as well as parents and families of children or adolescents with mental health or substance use disorder issues.

Last year, 55 different mental health and substance use disorder treatment vendors were showcased at the Fair. This year similar agencies will be featured as well as a keynote presentation at 1 p.m. by Dr. Mohammed Younus, a psychiatrist with Associated Catholic Charities. Dr. Younus will discuss scientific determinants of child and adolescent behavior.

During this event, parents, family members, counselors, and other professionals will have an opportunity to learn about resources, network with other families, and speak informally with service providers in Baltimore County. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided from noon to 1 PM. Pre-registration is requested, but not required. To register, visit

https://bacochildresourcefair2016.eventbrite.com or call 410-887-3828.

The Fair is sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Office of the Public Defender, Mental Health Association of Maryland, Associated Catholic Charities, The Children’s Guild, Thrive Behavioral Health, Abundant Living Resources and A Better Tomorrow Starts Today.


Libraries and other locations offer relief from the heat

If you are looking for a cool environment with access to water and bathrooms, then Baltimore County has several “cooling centers” available where you can get relief from the heat.

During the months of May through September, Baltimore County Public Library has 19 convenient branches that are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents can cool off while reading a book or enjoying scheduled events at a branch in their community. Visit the Baltimore County Public Library website to get more information on the library branch nearest you or call 410-887-6100.

Baltimore County senior centers are also open to the general public, regardless of age. Most locations are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who visit these locations to get relief from the heat can watch TV, read a book or sit and relax. Visit the Department of Aging website for information on their 20 senior centers or call the Maryland Access Point of Baltimore County phone line at 410-887-2594.

 There are also other places you can go to cool off in Baltimore County:

  • Community Centers
  • Churches
  • Malls
  • Movie Theaters
  • Museums
  • Neighbor's home with air conditioning
  • Restaurants

“Residents need to know that the County has plenty of resources available where they can go to get cool,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “From libraries and senior centers to churches, movie theaters and malls, there is a place in every community where you can get relief from the heat, and I urge you to use them if you do not have air conditioning.”

 To keep you and your family healthy and safe in the summer heat, use these hot weather tips:

  • NEVER leave a child or pet in an unattended car!
  • Check on elderly or chronically ill family members, friends and neighbors.
  • Stay hydrated with water or fruit juices. Also provide your pet with plenty of water and sheltering.
  • Limit outdoor activity when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high.
  • Use sunscreen and reapply often when spending time outdoors.

 
 
Revised September 26, 2016