Health care providers are vital in decreasing the number of opioid-related overdose deaths. Prescribing drugs responsibly can help avoid unnecessary deaths. Learn about overdose death rates.
Screening tools are available to help assess risk for opioid abuse among individuals who are prescribed opioids:
The Department of Health provides treatment through community providers for change to individuals 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.
Naloxone can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose in an individual. As of June 1, 2017, anyone can get naloxone at a Maryland pharmacy without a prescription.
Medication-Assisted Treatment can help an individual overcome their opioid addiction by using medication in combination with behavioral therapy.
Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
The Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was established by the Maryland Department of Health and the Behavioral Health Administration to support healthcare providers and their patients in the safe and effective use of prescription drugs.
Baltimore County Opioid Academic Detailing Project
This Baltimore County Department of Health initiative assists prescribers to optimize clinical decisions, improve patient care and inform clinicians of available resources. For more details, contact Adrian Boswell at 410-887-8188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Centers for Disease Control recommends using its Morphine Milligram Equivalent Mobile Application to calculate dosages.
- Learn about safe storing and disposing of prescription drugs for patients.
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