Carroll County Health Department
Edwin F. Singer, L.E.H.S.
Health Officer

Henry G. Taylor, M.D., M.P.H.
Deputy Health Officer

Overdose Alert


Westminster, MD (Wednesday, August 7th 2019): The Carroll County Health Department is alerting the community that per public health sources, there have been multiple suspected overdoses in Carroll County in the past 24 hours.

While the reason for this increase in overdoses is not yet known, overdose spikes are often due to fentanyl and other similar chemicals, which may be added to heroin or cocaine. Counterfeit pain and anxiety pills (for example Percocet, oxycodone, Xanax and others) may also be laced with fentanyl. Fentanyl and similar drugs are very potent and increase the risk of overdose and death.


Signs of an Opioid Overdose

  • Slow, shallow breathing or not breathing
  • Slow heartbeat or no heartbeat
  • Not waking up or not responding to voice or touch
  • Limp body
  • Choking or gurgling sounds, vomiting
  • Pale, clammy skin; blue or gray lips and fingertips
  • Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils”

If You Think Someone is Overdosing

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately
  • Administer naloxone, if available
  • Stay with the person until medical help arrives
  • Don’t Run, Call 911! Maryland’s Good

Samaritan Law protects people who help someone who is overdosing from arrest or prosecution for several drug- or alcohol-related crimes. Learn

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For more info on overdoses, prevention and treatment, visit http//

Get trained in Naloxone: Naloxone is a medication that safely and effectively reverses an opioid overdose. To register for a free Naloxone training, call Access Carroll at 410-871-1478.

Connect People to Treatment and Other Resources: The Carroll County Health Department’s Bureau of Prevention, Wellness and Recovery (BPWR) and its partner agencies have many programs to help people with substance use and mental health issues. Visit or call

410-876-4449 during business hours to speak with a Service Coordinator to learn more. You may also call the Maryland Crisis Hotline 24/7 by dialing 211 and pressing “1”.

Media contact: LuAnn Beck-Day at or 410-876-4449

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