Naloxone in Maryland
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland counties and a number of committed providers and community members across the state have worked to increase access to naloxone. Public in-person training is available through the Overdose Response Program and once trained in-person or online, a certificate holder can get naloxone without a prescription at any participating pharmacy. See below for more information.
How to Get Naloxone in Maryland
1. Talk to your doctor
Any healthcare provider in the state that can write prescriptions can prescribe naloxone to their patients. This can be prescribed to someone who is personally at risk of opioid overdose or are likely to be in a situation where they would witness an overdose and need to respond.
2. Through the Maryland Overdose Response Program
Over 30,000 individuals have been trained and certified under this program to help those who are at risk of experiencing an overdose. The certification allows them to obtain and have prescriptions filled for naloxone. In the last year, there has been a 149% increase in those who have been certified in all parts of the state. The ORP offers in-person trainings, most of which are free and provide naloxone at no additional charge. Upcoming trainings are posted on a calendar. Please visit the ORP website for more information.
3. Via Your Local Pharmacy
Once you are trained in-person or online, take your certificate to a local pharmacy to get naloxone directly from a pharmacist without a prescription. For a list of pharmacies that have naloxone, click here.
Don’t Run, Call 9-1-1!
Maryland has a Good Samaritan law. If someone calls 911 in an effort to help during an overdose, or they are experiencing an overdose, their parole and probation status will not be affected, and they will not be arrested, charged, or prosecuted for:
Possession of a controlled dangerous substance
Possession or use of drug paraphernalia
Providing alcohol to minors