Informal Comments Requested on Draft Proposed Regulations for Naloxone Overdose Response Program

Baltimore, MD (September 20, 2013) -- The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)
announces that draft proposed regulations to implement an Overdose Response Program (ORP)
are posted for public comment. These regulations, authorized under legislation passed in May
2013, allow trained individuals to administer naloxone to reverse opioid-related overdose when
medical services are not immediately available.

The alarming rise in overdose deaths from heroin and prescription opioids (e.g. pain medications
like oxycodone) has created a public health crisis in Maryland. Increasing the availability of
naloxone to reverse the effects of these types of overdoses is one important tool in the State’s
targeted overdose prevention efforts.

Naloxone (Narcan®) is an antidote that restores breathing and consciousness to an individual
experiencing opioid-related overdose, with little or no adverse side effects. The medication can
be safely injected intramuscularly or administered intranasally by a trained layperson.

The draft proposed regulations set forth the means by which an entity such as a health care
provider, community organization or local health department may apply to DHMH for authorization
to conduct an educational training program and issue certificates to trained individuals. Those
who successfully complete training would be issued certificates allowing them to obtain and fill
prescriptions for naloxone, legally possess the naloxone and, if necessary, administer it as
instructed.

The draft proposed regulations are available for review at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/docs/SB610%20proposed%20naloxone%20regs%20_FINAL%20DRAFT_092013.pdf .

The public is invited to email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday,
October 11, 2013.

###

Stay connected: www.twitter.com/MarylandDHMH or www.facebook.com/MarylandDHMH
 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

Snow Hill, MD – The Worcester County Health Department is requesting mini-grant proposals from community-based organizations, workplaces, churches, or other interested organizations for youth teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention education: Promoting Health Among Teens-Comprehensive education (PHAT-C). To be eligible for up to $2,500 in grant funding, your program must be an organization which serves young people in Worcester County. Funded organizations will be expected to deliver the PHAT-C education program to a minimum of 12-15 Worcester County youth ages 12-19.

Read more ...

 

Snow Hill, MD-The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) requests smoking cessation, education and enforcement proposals for grant funding through Cigarette Restitution Funds by way of the Maryland Department of Health. Community-based organizations, churches, private groups, non-profits, and workplaces are encouraged to apply.

Read more ...

(July 31, 2019 Snow Hill, MD) – The Worcester County Health Department received notification from the State of Maryland that a mosquito pool in the Whaleyville area of Worcester County recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first positive test for EEE in Worcester in 2019.

Arboviruses, such as the EEE virus, are most common during the summer and fall months. The viruses are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, eliminating standing water is critical for the control of mosquito populations. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.

The Worcester and Wicomico County Health Department provides the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection with EEE or other mosquito borne illnesses:

Read more ...

Snow Hill, MD – The Worcester County Health Department will host a free summer program for girls entering middle school, grades 6 and 7. The Just for Girls summer program will be held Tuesday, August 13 through Friday, August 23 from 8:30am - 4:30pm at the Worcester County Health Department, located at 6040 Public Landing Road, Snow Hill, MD 21863. Participants will learn life skills, ways to improve their self-esteem, attend field trips, receive abstinence only education and much more.

Read more ...

(Snow Hill, MD)- Worcester County Emergency Service officials urge residents to exercise extreme caution and check on elderly and infirm neighbors during the heatwave forecasted to last through Sunday. Heat indexes for the shore are expected to rise above 100 degrees this week and exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous for humans and animals, even deadly.

Read more ...
 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program