The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center is offering free Naloxone training to the general public through the Maryland Overdose Response Program. The educational program was created to help stem the rising number of opioid-related deaths in Anne Arundel County and Maryland.

Below is general information about the classes offered at UM BWMC. Sign up online for a class or for more information call 410-787-4490.

What is the Maryland Overdose Response Program at UM BWMC?

UM BWMC is offering free Maryland Overdose Response Program classes to help educate the public on the signs and symptoms of an opiate overdose. The Overdose Response Program is part of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s strategy to reduce overdose deaths. (More information can be found by visiting https://bha.health.maryland.gov/NALOXONE/Pages/Home.aspx.

The class also instructs attendees on how to administer Naloxone (also known as Narcan) to someone they believe is suffering from an opioid overdose. Naloxone is an FDA-approved nasal form spray that can be used for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose.

What else is covered in the class?

Naloxone Spray

Attendees will also learn how to respond after administering Naloxone, tips to prevent overdose and community resources for family and friends.

Am I able to obtain Naloxone during the class?

No, only licensed pharmacies in Maryland are able to distribute Naloxone to the general public. There may be a co-pay of up to $35 depending on your insurance. Maryland Medicaid co-pay is $1. We encourage you to contact your local pharmacy directly to make sure they have supplies of Naloxone on-hand and readily available.

Who teaches the classes?

Trained clinical staff from UM BWMC will teach each class.

What is the cost of the class?

The class is free to the general public and there are no residency requirements. Each class is limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is required and can be done online at https://overdoseresponseprogram.eventbrite.com.

How long are the classes?

Class times will last approximately two hours.

Is it legal to administer Naloxone to suspected opioid abusers?

Yes. The Maryland General Assembly passed the Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE) Act of 2017 that in part expands the public's access to Naloxone and allows individuals to administer the life-saving medication without formal training. For more information about the act, please visit www.mhamd.org/hope-act-behavioral-health/.

When and where are classes available?

Classes are held bi-weekly at UM BWMC located at 301 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie. The classes are held in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, located on the third floor of the medical center. For a complete listing of class dates and times, visit https://overdoseresponseprogram.eventbrite.com.

Please note: if you suspect someone is suffering from an opioid overdose at any time, call 911 immediately. Whether you administer Naloxone or not, emergency assistance is required for a suspected opioid overdose as soon as possible.