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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 7-1-1
The Department provides language assistance services free of charge to persons with limited English proficiency.


  • Overdose death rates involving fentanyl are rising at an alarming rate. Watch a video on the dangers of fentanyl and learn what to do before it's too late. You can also learn how to recognize, prevent and respond to an opioid overdose by attending a free two-hour training.

  • Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. View questions that you should ask.

About us

The Baltimore County Department of Health provides treatment through community providers 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.

Substance Use Services and Programs

Baltimore County Residents may receive a free substance use screening and referral at our walk-in clinic at the Eastern Family Resource Center. Individuals who have Medical Assistance who are seeking residential treatment services can also be seen.    

Hours are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Every effort will be made to see everyone who presents as long as they arrive by 1 p.m. The location is 9100 Franklin Square Drive, Suite 322, 21237. Call the office at 410-887-6465 for more information.  

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 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. If you or a loved one is in need of substance use treatment and do not know how to get help, call 410-887-3828 for assistance.

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

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? Register to attend a  free two-hour training on how to recognize, prevent and respond to an opioid overdose.

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.

Resources and Hotlines

  • 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.

Substance Use and Related Hotlines

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): 410-663-1922

  • Al-Anon (Family and Friends): 410-832-7094

  • Alateen (Preteens and Teenagers): 410-832-7094

  • Baltimore County Crisis Response: 410-931-2214

  • Domestic Violence (Local Hotline): 410-828-6390

  • Family Crisis Center: 410-285-4357

  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA): 410-337-3889 or 410-472-1264

  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD): 410-321-6233

  • Nar-Anon (Family and Friends of Addicts): 1-800-477-6291

  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA): 1-800-317-3222

  • Baltimore County Department of Social Services (Screening): 410-853-3000

Suicide Hotlines

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) | Spanish 1-888-628-9454

  • Grassroots Hotline (24 hours): 410-531-6677

  • Hopeline: 1-800-Suicide (1-800-784-2433)

Revised June 6, 2017         


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