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Overdose Response Program

What is the ORP?

The Overdose Response Program (ORP) is a program designed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to train community members to do the following:
  • Recognize an opioid overdose
  • Respond to an opioid overdose (e.g., call 9-1-1, use the recovery position, perform rescue breathing)
  • Know how to use naloxone in the event of an overdose

Who should participate in the ORP?

  • Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible beahero
  • Anyone with close contacts (e.g., family members, friends, housemates, neighbors) who are using opiates
  • Anyone who may be in a situation (e.g., work, volunteer, social) where an overdose may occur
  • Anyone currently receiving methadone
  • Anyone with an opiate prescription
  • Anyone with a history of opiate abuse
  • Anyone suspected of using opiates for non-medical reasons

Where can I get trained?

The St. Mary’s County Health Department will be offering the Overdose Response Program for free to community members who may be able to save the life of someone experiencing breathing problems from opioid overdose.

Visit http://www.smchd.org/overdose/ to register.

Successfully trained individuals will receive a certificate allowing them to obtain a prescription for naloxone (Narcan®), a life-saving medication that can quickly restore the breathing of a person who has overdosed on heroin or prescription opioid pain medication like oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, fentanyl or methadone.

Who Should Receive a Naloxone Prescription?

  • Anyone who has completed the Overdose Response Program
  • Anyone with a known history of IV drug use or misuse of prescription opiates
  • Anyone who receives high-dose opiates or receives opiates chronically
  • Anyone who has been hospitalized for opiate overdose
  • Anyone who uses opiates with antidepressants, benzodiazepines, alcohol, or other drugs
  • Anyone who uses opiates with a history of major organ dysfunction (renal, hepatic, cardiac, pulmonary)
  • Anyone using opiates with a history of mental illness
  • Anyone receiving treatment for substance use disorder

Naloxone


Learn more about Overdose Prevention in Maryland

County Health Rankings

County Rankings St. Mary's

Positive Report for St. Mary’s

LEONARDTOWN, MD (March 26, 2015) – St. Mary’s County ranks as the fifth healthiest county in Maryland, according to the sixth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. This ranking reflects an improvement from eighth in 2014.

The County Health Rankings are an annual report that grade the overall health of nearly every county in the United States. The Rankings provide a snapshot of a community’s health, and helps to identify issues and implement solutions to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play. The St. Mary’s County ranking was positively impacted by local improvements in social and economic factors, quality of life, and premature death.  Since the 2011 Rankings, premature death in the county has decreased by 13 percent.

“Community partners, county leadership, health care providers, and our residents should take pride in knowing that work done to improve their own health, as well as the health of our community, has yielded such positive results,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “The rankings also reaffirms priority areas that our local health improvement coalition, the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership, has identified and continues to address—access to care, healthy eating and active living, behavioral health, and tobacco-free living.”

The Rankings allow for relative comparisons between counties within a state on overall health and well-being. These comparisons are based on an assessment of four areas that influence health: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. These factors are rated using local-level data from 30 measures that include smoking, education, physical inactivity, preventable hospitalizations, and the availability of primary care physicians.

Rates of adult smoking and obesity, preventable hospitalizations, and the ratios of residents to health professionals, including primary care physicians, dentists and mental health providers were areas where St. Mary’s County ranked low when compared to the other 23 Maryland counties.

“While the trend of an improving county health ranking for St. Mary’s is very encouraging,” said Dr. Brewster, “I am concerned about the challenges we face with access to care and risk factors leading to chronic illness. With the help of community stakeholders and the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership, we continue to seek solutions for these issues.”

The Rankings are available online at www.countyhealthrankings.org. For additional information visit the health department’s website at www.smchd.org or the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership website at www.healthystmarys.com.

Maryland Opioid Misuse Prevention Survey

St. Mary’s County was recently awarded a grant from the Behavioral Health Administration to implement the Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP) to address opioid misuse. As part of the OMPP,  we are participating in a statewide survey about prescription opioids and heroin in our community. The result will provide valuable data for a planning process going forward.

Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey. HSMP members are encouraged to share the survey link and info in any ways possible (contact lists, listservs, facebook pages, websites, etc.). Survey participants must be Maryland residents who are 18 years or older.

Take the Survey

At the end of the survey you will be able to enter a weekly drawing for a $50 gift card, as well as a one time $100 grand prize gift card. Your contact information for the drawing will be collected in a separate location and can never be linked to your survey responses.

 

Thank you for your commitment to addressing this issue in our community.

Smart Medicine

 

Substance Use Prevention Update

Spotlight: Substance Use Prevention and Control Funding

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 the Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County voted to approve the $100,000 plan for FY 2015 non-recurring county funds to address the substance abuse issues affecting St. Mary’s county residents. The plan proposed to include several local efforts in distribution of the funds, including:
  • Local health communications and education efforts, led by the Department of Aging and Human Services, targeted to youth and other at risk populations.
    • Some funds are being utilized to support the student sponsored drug summit focusing on youth substance abuse prevention in March 2015.
    • Remaining funds will be used for the development, production, and distribution of health education materials focusing on substance use prevention and control. Efforts will target all middle and high school students (public and non-public) in St. Mary’s County.
  • Building local capacity to provide life skills training and mentoring for youth
    • More information coming soon!
  • Training local primary care providers and school counselors in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).
    • Walden has been selected as the local training provider.
    • Group and individual provider training is now available!
    • Training for SMCPS middle and high school counselors has been scheduled for February 2015.
    • 5 local primary care providers have been trained so far!
  • Implementation of a local health needs assessment on the topic of substance abuse prevention and response.
    • Health Resources in Action has been selected as the contractor to implement this project.
    • HRiA has been working with the Behavioral Health Action Team to administer focus groups and key informant interviews for April 2015.
  • Providing Intensive Outpatient Services for female inmates at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.
    • Walden has been selected by the Sheriff’s Office to provide this service
    • 66% of women served have a primary opiate addiction diagnosis.
  • Implementation of the Overdose Response Program (ORP) for law enforcement officials in St. Mary’s County. Through the ORP, qualified individuals are trained, certified and equipped to administer Naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdose.
    • The Health Department has trained, certified, and equipped 130 law enforcement officials to administer Naloxone.
    • Additional training is scheduled for March 2015.