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Substance Abuse

Baltimore County Online Resources

  • Do your teenager's friends drink in your home? If so, here's what you should know from The Baltimore County Department of Health.
  • In Baltimore County, there are many community organizations with trained staff to answer questions and help find the information needed to make informed decisions. Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources Directory is a listing of those organizations that work with children, youth and their families. Resources include information on domestic violence, emotional well being, physical well being, rape, and runaways. Connections has been designed to help you make a direct connection with the organization that can provide the most appropriate services for you.
  • The Baltimore County Department of Health offers various prevention services aimed at helping adolescents resist substance abuse.
  • There are many types of drugs that endanger our children. The Baltimore County Department of Health offers more information about the different types of drugs, their effects and uses.
  • The Counseling Unit is the outreach and prevention branch of the Youth and Community Resources Section of the Baltimore County Police Department. They are a staff of skilled counselors who work with young people and their families with the goal of preventing crime and fostering positive interpersonal relationships and life skills.
  • The Baltimore County Department of Health offers Prompt Adolescent Substance Abuse Screening (PASS) a service provided to parents who are trying to determine if their child is involved with drugs.
  • The Baltimore County Department of Health offers a variety of services and programs to help parents and children deal with substance abuse.
  • Baltimore County Police Department - Information Desk provides general non-emergency information and provides referrals to the proper division of the police department for services. Call 410-887-2214 for general information or call the Baltimore County Domestic Violence Hotline for emergencies, 410-828-6390.
  • The Baltimore County Department of Health wants you to be a PROUD Parent, Parents Reaching Out to Understand Drugs. Host a home based education program for eight or more of your friends and/or family members aimed at helping parents talk to children about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • The Baltimore County Department of Health wants parents recognize the signs of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • If you think you or someone you care about has a problem, Baltimore County Department of Health Substance Abuse Services can help.
  • Is your adolescent involved in substance abuse, The Baltimore County Department of Health's Adolescent program can help.
  • Page for Parents was developed by the Department of Professional Development Parent Support Services especially for the parents of Baltimore County Public Schools. The site includes an "Ask the Expert" and "Timely Topic" area for parents.
  • Baltimore County Police Department's - Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a curriculum taught by Baltimore County Police officers designed to give children the skills to resist social pressures related to drug abuse. Call 410-887-3273.

Online Resources Outside Baltimore County

  • Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, Inc. a crisis hotline that provides telephone counseling for those experiencing family crisis which could result in violence. Individual, couple or family counseling by appointment. Safe shelter for family members who must leave their homes in order to prevent violence from occurring. 410-285-4357 and Hotline: 410-828-6390.
  • Smoke Free Maryland (PDF) is a statewide coalition of concerned organizations and individuals working to lessen tobacco caused illness and death by advocating for significantly higher tobacco prices; preventing the sale of tobacco to minors; restricting targeted tobacco advertising; protecting workers and the public from secondhand smoke; helping smokers who want to quit get treatment; and advocating for local government control over the sale, distribution, marketing and use of tobacco products.
  • The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. Mental health information is available for children and families. Information about child and adolescent mental health is available through The National Institute of Mental Health. The web site includes help on a variety of topics including depression, eating disorders, and anxiety.
  • Talking With Kids About Tough Issues is a national initiative to encourage parents to talk with their children earlier and more often about tough issues like sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, alcohol, and drug abuse.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA is the Federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.
  • KidsHealth provides parents, kids, and teens information about mental and physical health and covers many topics on general child safety.
  • First Call for Help - United Way of Central Maryland has experienced staff members help callers explore their problems and inform them of the public, nonprofit and private community resources that can help with their situation. This service is free and confidential. Callers may remain anonymous. Hotline: 410-685-0525 or 800-492-0618.
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides a confidential, toll-free 24 hour hotline for youth 24 years of age and younger. Provides crisis intervention, support, and suicide prevention. Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline 1-800-422-0009, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The Maryland Poison Center is a service of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and has been a leader in providing poisoning and overdose care. They provide telephone consultation 24 hours a day in cases of accidental poisoning. 1-800-222-1222 Maryland only - toll free and TDD 410-706-1858.
  • First Step Youth Services Center offers individual, group and family mental health counseling. Psychiatric evaluation and substance abuse counseling. Hotline: 410-421-3800.
  • Sheppard Pratt Health System offers child and adolescent psychiatry, substance abuse counseling and eating disorders treatment. Also offers outpatient counseling and a day school program. Call 410-938-3000.
  • Al-anon/Alateen - Baltimore offers support group for teenagers who have been affected by alcohol. Call 410-832-7094.
  • Narcotics Anonymous provides links to area Narcotics Anonymous meeting groups in and outside Maryland. Call 410-947-8028.

Revised October 28, 2013