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 PSAs produced by the Substance Abuse Prevention Office and its collaborating partners, as well as clips and videos of previous outreach initiatives!
Heroin Still Kills
In 1999, a grassroots organization in Westminster, MD released the groundbreaking original film “Heroin Kills” in response to the overdose deaths of several young people in the community.
Twenty years later, our nation is facing an unprecedented opioid epidemic and Carroll County has suffered a surge in overdose deaths. The Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Carroll County Health Department and Swehland Productions, have rebooted the original film to send a strong message to the community: Heroin Still Kills. The new film maintains the spirit of the original but features an all-new cast and storyline to reflect the many ways that heroin and opioid addiction have changed in the new millennium.
And now, Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian L. DeLeonardo and the Carroll County Health Department are proud to invite the community to attend the premiere of “Heroin Still Kills.” The premiere will be held at the Theater in the Scott Center at Carroll Community College on Tuesday, January 22nd 2019 at 7pm – click the link above for more details. The premiere is open to the public, so mark your calendars today!
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 NaloxoneMD.org.
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
“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.
- International Overdose Awareness Day Homepage
- Free Operation Save-A-Life Naloxone Training
- “Don’t Be an Unintentional Drug Dealer: The Risks and Consequences of Prescription Opioid Misuse” – also available via the Carroll County Times
- Prevention Office 2018 International Overdose Awareness Day Newsletter