Last updated: September 13, 2018
Annapolis, MD (May 19, 2017) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Health received this information from Maryland State Police and is sharing it for your awareness. Counterfeit oxycodone tablets (blue or white in color) containing fentanyl have been found in Anne Arundel, Cecil and Queen Anne’s counties. Should any suspicious tablets be found, we ask that you contact your local law enforcement agency.
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.
- 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 you get free naloxone training and a free naloxone kit?
On www.aahealth.org/opioid-overdose-response-training/, there is a calendar listing public naloxone training which provides a free naloxone kit. Local pharmacies provide naloxone at a cost dependent on one’s health plan.
Where can someone 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 email list for Rapid Outreach Alert and Response (R.O.A.R.) notices regarding drug overdoses within Anne Arundel County, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.