Harm Reduction Tips
Don’t become a statistic.
Take action to protect yourself from overdose.
1. Carry Naloxone.

Naloxone is available at all pharmacies in Maryland.

2. Go Slow.

Start with a very small amount to test the strength.

3. Never use alone.

Use with someone and take turns in case one of you needs naloxone.

4. If you must use alone, have someone check on you.

5. Talk to friends and family about what to do if you overdose.

6. Test for fentanyl.

What does this mean?
Go Slow

If you use drugs, take action to prevent overdose. When you take a drug, start with a very small amount to test the strength. Don't slam it. You can always take more, but you can never take less. If you inject drugs, inject a little bit first and wait 20 seconds to see how strong it is. If it feels off, consider not using it or using less than planned. Be sure someone with you has naloxone.

If you use heroin, pills or even other drugs in Maryland, there's a good chance you’re using fentanyl. Fentanyl has caused a huge spike in overdose deaths. Fentanyl acts FAST. Be careful.

Maryland Resources

Baltimore Resources
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Maryland's Good Samaritan Law

Don’t be afraid to call 911 if you witness an overdose. Under Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law if you help someone who is overdosing:

Don’t Run,

Call 911

  • You cannot be arrested or charged for possession of small amounts of drugs, paraphernalia or providing alcohol to minors.
  • Your parole and probation status will not be affected.
  • You MUST be helping the individual who is overdosing for this law to apply to you.
Tips when with the police
  • You have the right to document the scene.
  • You always have the right to remain silent.
  • You don’t have to agree to a search or to hand over your cell phone.