Prescription Opioid Misuse and Heroin Prevention Resources

Implementing prevention strategies to reduce prescription opioid and heroin use throughout Anne Arundel County.

Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP)

Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan and Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh have declared states of emergency in Maryland and our county due to the epidemic rates of opioid overdose deaths. Local and countywide prevention coalitions are working diligently to take immediate action.

Anne Arundel County ranks third highest in Maryland in the number of deaths due to opioid misuse. The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is facilitating a county wide work group, Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP) to implement prevention strategies to reduce prescription opioid and heroin use throughout Anne Arundel County.

The OMPP Work Group was formed in March 2015 to conduct a County Wide Opioid Needs Assessment and strategic plan.

Our Goal

The long-term goal of the Maryland Opioid Misuse Prevention Program is to reduce the number of overdose fatalities in each participating jurisdiction.


Denial Is Deadly Media Campaign

The Goal of the Denial is Deadly media campaign is to raise awareness of the potential risks of prescription opioids and how prescription opioid misuse can lead to addiction and progress to heroin use.

Denial is Deadly

Proper Storage & Monitoring FREE Community Presentations

The Opioid Misuse Prevention Program Workgroup has developed a presentation to encourage county residents to properly store and monitor prescription opioids and to provide them with prevention and treatment resources in the County.

Request a Community Presentation

Prescriber and Pharmacist Patient Education Tool

According to the Maryland Public Opinion Survey, 18% of adults in AAC reporting talking to their doctor about the dangers of prescription opioids and 6% reported talking to their pharmacist. The Opioid Misuse Prevention Program Workgroup has developed a tool for prescribers and pharmacists to encourage the conversation.

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Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law

If you help someone in good faith who is in need of medical assistance from a drug or alcohol medical emergency, you and the person you help are immune from criminal prosecution.

Naloxone Training

If you have a person who uses opioids in your family or if you are a Prevention or Treatment professional, you can receive free training in Naloxone. Be PREPARED. You never know when you may be able to save a life!

Not My Child

Not My Child is focused on providing awareness by providing the facts of abuse of prescription drugs and the escalation of heroin use in our communities. The Not My Child discussion taking place in our communities provides an open, honest conversation regarding the use of drugs by children and adults in every community, the issue does not discriminate.

The “Not My Child” program is created, supported and facilitated by Office of Constituent Services and the Office of County Executive Steve Schuh.

Click here to view a directory of treatment services or request a presentation.