Knowledge is POWER!

Understanding addiction at its root, is critical when talking about prevention, recovery, and stopping stigma. Explore the resources found on this page to increase your understanding and equip yourself with the tools to be a partner in combating the epidemic.

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National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and celebrate those in recovery. Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery.

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Know the signs of addiction

Addiction is a disease with a range of harmful conditions and behaviors. Recognizing the signs is the first step to getting help for yourself or helping someone you care about. Follow the link to learn more about the behavioral, physical, and psychological aspects of addiction.

Overdose in Baltimore City

Baltimore City disproportionately experiences the effects of the opioid epidemic in Maryland. Overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. The Baltimore City Health Department is dedicated to preventing overdose deaths in Baltimore City. In 2019, Baltimore City saw 914 drug and alcohol-related intoxication deaths, 852 of which were opioid-related. This is nearly triple the number of people who died of homicide during that same year.

Baltimore’s Response

Baltimore’s aggressive five-prong strategy for responding to the opioid epidemic has been recognized as one of the strongest in the nation. When building and implementing the response, the Baltimore City Health Department is dedicated to bringing community members to the table, as a community in crisis requires a community solution.

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Harm Reduction

Baltimore City’s Community Risk Reduction Services (CRRS) is a community-based public health program that provides comprehensive services to reduce the harms of drug use. CRRS delivers free and confidential quality HIV prevention and harm reduction education and services in communities within Baltimore City, via mobile and other outreach methods, in a non-judgmental manner that reduces the negative consequences of drug use among high-risk individuals and the general public.


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