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Upcoming Drug Awareness Events

Learn more about local resources for recovery at our Substance Use Services page.

The Health Department’s Bureau of Prevention, Wellness, and Recovery supports events across the county. Come learn more about the opioid crisis in our community and how you can help prevent drug and alcohol abuse or find help for yourself or a loved one.

Check out the Not In Carroll Facebook page and CCHD’s Youtube Channel to see PSAs produced by the Substance Abuse Prevention Office and its collaborating partners, as well as clips and videos of previous outreach initiatives!


The Carroll County Opioid Prevention Coalition is a group dedicated to reducing opioid misuse and overdose in Carroll County and includes health professionals, first responders, people in recovery, local leaders, and concerned community members like you. Meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Wednesday of every other month.  For more information please call 410-876-4449.


The 2020 Risky Business Prevention Conference has been POSTPONED to Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

April 9, 2020: Due to State of Maryland restrictions and risk assessments related to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, this year’s Risky Business Conference “On the Rise: Navigating Current Trends” originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 has been POSTPONED until Tuesday June 22, 2021.  The 2021 Conference will feature the same content, and will be held at the same location (Martin’s Westminster, 505 Jermor Ln., Westminster MD 21157).  

We appreciate your understanding and hope everyone stays healthy and safe.  Updated information about the 2021 conference will be sent out at a later date.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to 
email We are not able to answer phone calls at this time.

CLICK HERE to access the presentations from our 2019 Risky Business Conference.


International Overdose Awareness Day

“International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.  It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.  International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.”

In Carroll County alone, 72 people died of overdose in 2018.  More than 90% of those deaths were related to opioids such as heroin and fentanyl, but cocaine, alcohol, and other drugs also contributed to this loss of life.  International Overdose Awareness Day is a time to mourn those we’ve lost and explore opportunities to do more to prevent overdose and promote recovery in our community.


September is National Recovery Month – Sponsored by SAMHSA


Operation Save a Life Naloxone Training

Free naloxone (Narcan®) trainings are available through Maryland’s Overdose Prevention Program.  These trainings are a great opportunity to learn more about the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, and participants are eligible to receive a free naloxone kit.  Click the link above for more details about the training, and for more information about Maryland’s Overdose Response Program check out

Access Carroll, 10 Distillery Drive, Suite 200, Westminster

Third Wednesday of each month, 5:30-7:30 pm

FREE – Call (410) 871-1478 to register


Watch “Heroin Still Kills” Online at