If you or a loved one is in need of immediate help, please contact Baltimore's Crisis Intervention Line at 410-443-5175 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone (known by the brand name Narcan) is a medicine that has been used for decades to reduce the harms of drug use. Naloxone can reverse an opioid-related overdose by quickly restoring breathing and consciousness. Naloxone is not addictive and cannot get a person high.
The use of naloxone as a strategy for addressing the overdose crisis is rooted in the concept of harm reduction. Harm reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that reduce the harms that drug-users experience.
A growing number of studies show that naloxone does not increase drug consumption or the likelihood that drug users will harm themselves or others around them. Widespread naloxone availability and education gives drug users every possible chance for recovery.
If you would like to schedule a free naloxone training for you and your neighbors contact our Prevention Coordinator.
Baltimore Health Department's Overdose Response Strategy provides free naloxone training’s to community groups, is expanding its current “Don’t Die” public information strategy to reach friends and family members of drug users, and coordinates efforts between key public health groups and law enforcement agencies.
Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore (BHSB) manages Baltimore city’s prevention and treatment service providers. Their mission is to build healthier individuals, stronger families and safer communities. BHSB works closely with the Baltimore Health Department to support a city-wide overdose response.
References & Further Reading
What is Harm Reduction? - Harm Reduction International
Preventing Opiate Overdose Deaths: Examining Objections to Take-Home Naloxone - Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition: a diverse group of students, health professionals and community members who are committed to harm reduction principles and who engage in education, advocacy and service in the Baltimore area. The Coalition also provides free naloxone trainings for community groups, as well as a “Harm Reduction 101” training.