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Harm Reduction Program

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

Email: harmreduction@baltimorecountymd.gov
Phone: 410-887-2437
TTY users call Maryland Relay

Baltimore County’s Harm Reduction Program is a community-based public health program that provides comprehensive services to reduce the harms of drug use. The provision of sterile syringes and other injection equipment, along with the proper disposal of used syringes, helps to reduce the spread of HIV and viral hepatitis among people who use drugs.

The Harm Reduction Program provides HIV and hepatitis C testing and linkage to care, along with resources and education related to overdose prevention, first aid and safer sex. Participants are linked to additional services, including substance use disorder treatment, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, reproductive health and other medical and social services.

Services for Individuals

  • HIV and hepatitis C testing and linkage to care
  • Needle exchange
  • Nurse consultation
  • Immunizations
  • Overdose education and naloxone
  • Peer support
  • Referrals to substance use disorder treatment, medical, mental health and social services

Program Schedule

Baltimore Highlands—Lansdowne Health Center
3902 Annapolis Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21227
Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Drumcastle Government Center
6401 York Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the third floor 
Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first floor

Dundalk Health Center
7700 Dunmanway
Baltimore, Maryland 21222
Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m.
Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Eastern Family Resource Center
9150 Franklin Square Drive, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21237
Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Liberty Family Resource Center
3525 Resource Drive
Randallstown, Maryland 21133
Second and fourth Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Services for the Community

Sharps Disposal

Used needles and syringes can be a health risk unless they are stored in a puncture resistant container before disposal. Bottles made of heavy plastic with screw-on caps such as detergent or fabric softener bottles are best because they are strong and have spouts that make it harder for syringes to spill out.

To avoid unnecessary needle sticks, place the following items into a closed plastic container for disposal:

  • Lancets
  • Needles
  • Razor blades
  • Syringes
  • Any other sharp object that could cut someone

Fill these containers until they are no more than two-thirds full. All bags, bottles and cans with medical waste should be closed securely and put out with regular trash. Do not recycle these items.

Community Clean-Ups

Baltimore County Department of Health staff are conducting community clean-ups to safely remove broken glass, needles, syringes and other trash from public areas. Call 410-887-2437 to arrange a community clean-up in your area.

Additional Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers more information about the role of syringe services programs in HIV prevention.

Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that works to promote the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are impacted by drug use.

 
Revised August 15, 2019         

 

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