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Howard County Announces Program to Prevent Drug Overdoses

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – A new program is underway in Howard County to help residents use a nasal spray to save a life.

Normally, when someone encounters a person experiencing a drug overdose, they have to wait for paramedics to arrive. But WNEW Annapolis Bureau Chief Karen Adam reports that under Howard County’s new Opioid Overdose Response Program, residents can be trained to administer a life-saving nasal spray form of naloxone – a prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose.

Howard County Health Department Officer Dr. Maura Rossman says free training classes are being offered all summer.

“We are training community members who are interested in learning how possibly to save a life from opioid overdose,” Rossman says.

Residents can learn the types of opioids, how to recognize, respond and prevent an opioid overdose, and the rights and responsibilities of those who choose to receive a prescription for naloxone.

Opioid-based drugs include morphine, heroin and oxycodone. Overdose can lead to unconsciousness, a loss of alertness or even death, according to the Howard County Health Department.

Click here to learn how to sign up for the training sessions.

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WNEW Annapolis Bureau Chief Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.

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