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Anne Arundel County Department of Health Alert: Drug Overdoses

Annapolis, MD (April 23, 2017, 7:25 p.m.) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is aware of six drug overdoses that occurred in the county within the past 24 hours. Individuals in active use are encouraged to seek treatment; loved ones of those in active use are encouraged to obtain naloxone. Treatment works and recovery is possible.

If you are with someone who overdoses, call 911. Administer naloxone.

Signs of OVERDOSE:

  • Person is not responsive.
  • Fingertips or lips turn blue or grey.
  • Breathing is slow, shallow or has stopped.
  • Person is gurgling or making snoring noises.

What can you do if you see an opioid overdose?

  • Call 911.
  • If you have naloxone, give the person naloxone and perform rescue breathing.
  • If no response after 2-3 minutes, give a second dose of naloxone.
  • Do not leave the person alone. Help will arrive.
  • If the person starts to breathe or becomes more alert, lay the person in the recovery position: put the person slightly on the left side so that their body is supported by a bent knee with their face turned to the side and bottom arm reaching out to stabilize the position.

Remember the Good Samaritan Law – Save a life!

  • If you provide help or assist a person experiencing a medical emergency due to alcohol or drugs, you are criminally IMMUNE from being charged, arrested and prosecuted from certain crimes. (Ann. Code Md. CR §1-210)
  • The police and the courts believe that saving a life is more important than a charge or an arrest.

Where can I get free naloxone training?

On www.aahealth.org/programs/heroin/naloxone-training, there is a calendar listing of public naloxone training. Naloxone is available from your doctor, nurse practitioner or pharmacy if you have received the training.

Where to get treatment?

Call the Anne Arundel County Substance Use Treatment and Referral Line: 410-222-0117.

If you have any questions, call Sandy O’Neill at the Anne Arundel County Department of Health: 410-222-7165.

If you would like to join the Department of Health's mailing list for these alerts, please email: hdmcna22@aacounty.org