Maryland Drug Statistics and Resources

In Maryland, access to free addiction resources is pivotal for residents to resist and recover from alcohol and drugs. The consistent increase in hospitalizations and deaths due to chemical dependencies has become a major concern among policymakers and the public.

Drug Statistics in Maryland

Addiction Nonprofits in Maryland

Maryland Coalition of Families

This organization provides assistance, education, resources, and support for families experiencing mental stress, alcohol and substance abuse, and gambling issues. The center offers no cost interventions, advocacy, and peer support programs.

Maryland 988

This hotline provides community resources, referrals, and support programs for clients impacted by substance use disorder. The hotline can provide assistance for co-occurring mental and behavioral health disorders, including gambling, as well as clients experiencing psychological and suicidal ideations.

Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA)

This initiative, based in Calvert County, organizes volunteers at the community level to combat substance and alcohol abuse. The center provides educational workshops for schools, local businesses, and the public about strategies to build resilience and prevent relapse.

Garrett County Drug-Free Communities Coalition

This local volunteer group consists of parents, advocates, law enforcement, educators, and healthcare officials who meet monthly to design, implement, and evaluate outreach programs to build alcohol and substance resilience among youths.

Community Behavioral Association of Maryland

This network is made up of 87 local healthcare providers to coordinate and address mental and behavioral health disorders throughout the state, including substance abuse. The organization advocates for reforms in healthcare policy and removes barriers to care in underserved communities.

Harm Reduction Programs

Center for Harm Reduction

This government program provides drug test strips, naloxone, and syringe exchange services at no cost to clients ages 18 and older. The center also provides training and coaching to manage their naloxone intake.

Maryland Harm Reduction Institute

This center offers syringe exchange, education workshops, overdose prevention training, and community outreach programs. The center specializes in training mentors and coaches to mitigate substance use disorder.

Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition

This network, centered around Baltimore, provides Narcan and syringe exchange programs through their in-person appointments or through the mail. Packages can include injection, inhalation, or smoking options. The coalition also advocates for stronger public health policies to reduce the stigmas of substance use in order to pass reforms.

Government Grants & Resources

Department of Veteran Affairs

Veterans can enroll in Maryland’s Commitment to VA program to access counseling for substance abuse, family resources, naloxone distribution, and assorted therapy programs. A hotline is provided to maintain confidentiality.

Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START)

This government agency coordinates care for young families, including newborns, that are impacted by parental substance abuse. The center provides drug screenings, community resources, and judicial interventions as needed.

Maryland Overdose Protection Team

This government program maintains county-level opioid overdose teams to provide assistance to clients who may need medical assistance due to substance abuse-related crises. These teams provide educational programs, share data with stakeholders, and collaborate with local communities to respond to reports of overdose.

College Addiction Resources

University of Maryland, Baltimore–Resources

The university offers campus, local, and national programs available for students impacted by substance use disorder. A screening program can assist students in assessing their chemical dependencies while under medical supervision.

Goucher College–Resources

The college provides campus, local, and state resources to address substance use disorder. Education and information links are available for selected chemical dependencies.

University of Maryland Health Center–Substance Use Intervention and Treatment (SUIT)

The university offers counseling by appointment, referrals for outside treatment, drug testing, and resources for students. Assessments and interventions are available for justice-involved students.

LGBTQ+ Resources

PFlag–Southern Maryland

This chapter of the PFlag network provides LGBTQ+ members in Southern Maryland with resources, support, advocacy, and public outreach programs.

Y2 Connect–LGBTQ+ resources

This directory offers contact information for recovery support for mental and behavioral health disorders that may impact the LGBTQ+ community.

Veterans Programs

VA Maryland Health Care System

The VA provides several hospitals in Maryland for veterans and their families. Clients can receive care for their mental and behavioral health disorders, referrals to specialists, and amenities, such as spiritual healing, patient advocates, and social services. Hours and services vary at each facility.

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

This residential facility is a partnership between the state and Pruitt Health. The center offers 24/7 nursing care, rehabilitation, outdoors therapy, counseling, and faith-based healing. Amenities include a game room, barber shop, and events.

Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans

This state program provides behavioral health services to veterans and their families. The center includes peer support, referrals to outside treatment centers, employment and education resources, and crisis funding. The agency coordinates care with other state and private facilities.

Indigenous & Tribal Programs

Commission on Indian Affairs

This state agency oversees state resources directed toward American Indian groups. Services include mental and behavioral healthcare, maintenance of cultural and traditional practics, and social services.

Sweat Lodge

The Sweat Lodge is a traditional American Indian spiritual healing practice that allows clients to reconnect with nature and their families, and resolve internal conflict. Assorted sweat lodges are available throughout the state.

Drug Laws in Maryland

Naloxone Expansion Order

This standing order details the steps that licensed prescribers and pharmacists can take to distribute naloxone to any individual at risk from an opioid-related overdose.

Sober Living Certification Requirements

This bill provides guidelines and standards for the licensure and maintenance of sober living facilities. The law outlines the needed safeguards and treatment for the rehabilitation of facility residents.

Syringe Exchange Program

24.8.24-803 allows for the safe and lawful exchange of hypodermic needles and syringes at designated exchange sites. The law details requirements for the security and disposal of all needles.

Good Samaritan Law

The Good Samaritan Law offers exemption from liability for volunteers and first responders who, in good faith, offer aid to individuals experiencing an overdose from opioids. These individuals will generally not be persecuted for possession of drug paraphernalia or furnishing alcohol to minors.


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