How to respond to an overdose during the COVID-19 pandemic.


How should I give naloxone?


1. Wash your hands

2. Wake them up

Shake shoulders and ask, “are you alright”.

Rub your knuckles up and down the breast bone.

3. If they don’t wake, call 911

You will not get in trouble for drug use or possession.

First responders will have more naloxone.

4. Give naloxone

Give second dose after 2-3 minutes if they haven’t started breathing again.

5. Do Rescue Breathing

If you live with the Individual:

Remove any airway blockages.

Tilt head back, lift chin, pinch nose.

Using your rescue breathing shield, give 1 breath every 5 seconds.

Continue until they start breathing or help arrives.

If you do not live with the individual:

If you know how to provide CPR, we ask that you don’t use rescue breaths.

Use chest compression only during this time.

If you don’t know CPR, please stay with the individual until help arrives.

6. Provide Post Care

Place them on their side and put their hands under their head to prevent choking on vomit.

If a person was given Naloxone, stay with them until help arrives. Naloxone wears off in 30-90 minutes.

7. Wash your hands and then face with soap and water.

Please see training video for additional information: http://howtoadministernaloxone.maryland.gov/

How can I get naloxone?


Walk-in availability

Our Main Health Department continues to be open Monday thru Friday 8am to 4:30pm.

Community-based access.

Arrangements can be made to pick up a Narcan Kit at any of our sites, please call our Recovery Rapid Response line and let them know you need a kit and which office is closest to you.


Recovery Rapid Response

Mobile Crisis Team

1-877-467-5628

7 Day A Week

Rapid Access to Substance Use/Mental Health Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment

Peer Support Available

Free Narcan Kit








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