In response to the rising number of overdoses and opioid-related deaths in Anne Arundel County, the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center is offering free Naloxone training through the Maryland Overdose Response Program.
Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is an FDA-approved nasal form spray that can be used for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. Most overdoses in the county in the past year have been tied to the use of opioids including heroin, plus prescription drugs methadone, fentanyl, Percocet and OxyContin.
The classes, taught by trained clinical staff from UM BWMC, are designed to help educate the general public on the signs and symptoms of an opiate overdose and instruct attendees on how to administer Narcan to someone they believe is experiencing an opioid overdose. Attendees will also learn what to do after administering Naloxone; learn tips to prevent overdose; and learn about community resources for family and friends. The Class lasts approximately two hours.
Anyone can contact a licensed pharmacy in Maryland to purchase Narcan. The Maryland General Assembly passed the Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE) Act of 2017 that in part expands the public’s access to Narcan and allows individuals to administer the life-saving medication without formal training..
Classes are held bi-weekly on the campus of UM BWMC located at 301 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie. There are no residency requirements, but each class is limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required. For more information, call 410-787-4490. To see a class schedule or to register, visit You Can Save a Life with a Spray.