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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 CCHD’s Youtube Channel to see clips and videos of previous outreach initiatives!


September is National Recovery Month – Sponsored by SAMHSA

Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The annual theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.  The 2018 theme explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders.


August 31st: 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 acknolwedges 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, 55 people died of overdose in 2017.  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 an opportunity to mourn those we’ve lost and explore opportunities to do more to prevent overdose and promote recovery in our community.



Operation Save a Life Naloxone Training

Access Carroll, 10 Distillery Drive, Suite 200, Westminster

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

FREE – Call (410) 876-4800 to register


Operation Save a Life Naloxone Training at Carroll County Health Department

Carroll County Health Department, 290 S. Center Street, Westminster

Wednesday, September 12th 2018, 6-8 pm

FREE – Call (410) 876-4449 to register


Family Outreach Workshops: For Families and Friends Affected by Addiction

Wednesdays: July 25th, August 8th, August 22nd, and September 5th; 6-7:30pm

CCHD Multipurpose Room, 290 S. Center St, Westminster, MD

FREE – Call (410) 876-4449 to register

The devastating impact of substance abuse and addiction is clear in our community, and the families and loved ones of those struggling with addiction are often the first ones affected.  The Carroll County Health Department is hosting a series of FREE bi-weekly workshops to support these communities by providing information and resources on a range of topics, including: 
  • July 25th: the difference between supporting and enabling
  • August 8th: the physical and emotional toll on families affected by addiction
  • August 22nd: issues experienced by children and caregivers when parents are addicted 
  • September 5th: legal and financial issues for families affected by addiction

All are welcome, but registration is recommended: please contact LuAnn Beck-Day at (410) 876-4449 to sign up or learn more.