The Garrett County Health Department received a grant in January 2015 to study and help combat a perceived increase in countywide opioid abuse. Part of the funding has been used to create and launch an outreach campaign to educate our community on the problem at hand, promote prevention and share resources available to anyone dealing with addiction.

Our long-term goals include reducing opioid misuse, overdoses and fatalities caused by overdoses in Garrett County and the surrounding community.

Upcoming Events

As part of our efforts to educate our community, work on getting dangerous unwanted pain medicines off the streets, and create a safe, drug free environment, we have many events scheduled throughout the county. These events are a chance to be a part of the solution, from participating in workgroups, to helping plan fun, family friendly events, we have a place for you. For basic information call the Health Department’s Health Education and Outreach Program at (301) 334-7730 or (301) 895-3111. For more detailed information about an event, click on the listing to access specific information and contact details.

Opioid overdose response trainings are also included in this list. Class attendees will learn about the overdose epidemic, recognizing the signs of overdose, what to do in the event of an overdose, administering Naloxone, recovery and follow up. For more information on this training, call the numbers listed above.

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Date/Time Event
Oct 25, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Drug-Free Communities Coalition Action Teams Meeting
Garrett College, McHenry md
Oct 28, 2017
All Day
Take Back Day
Oakland City Hall, Oakland
Oct 28, 2017
12:00 am
Take Back Day
Garrett County Sheriff’s Department, Oakland
Oct 28, 2017
12:00 am
Take Back Day
State Police Barracks, McHenry
Nov 04, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Drug-Free Communities Coalition Action Teams Meeting
Garrett County Health Department, Oakland MD
Dec 05, 2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Overdose Response Training
Garrett County Health Department, Oakland MD

Take Back Boxes

Take Back Days


We’re so serious about and committed to getting dangerous pain medications off the street we’ve coordinated collection efforts with the Maryland State Police, Town of Oakland, and the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office. If you have any unwanted, unused or expired medications at home get rid of them at any one of our conveniently located drop boxes. You’ll find them at the Maryland State Police Barrack in McHenry, Md. (open 24/7), and at the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office (open 24/7) and the Oakland City Hall (open M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm) in Oakland, Md.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day:

October 28, 2017

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Check here for more info.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous ways you can get involved in our efforts to increase awareness, promote prevention and reduce addiction to pain meds in Garrett County. Please call the Garrett County Opioid Misuse Prevention Program office at 301.334.7730 for more information on volunteer opportunities.

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Local Partners

The following organizations are committed to the mission of reducing opioid misuse and overdoses in Garrett County, with the ultimate goal of reducing overdose fatalities.
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