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Public Awareness Resources

This page contains public awareness resources related to substance use and overdose that have been developed by the Maryland Department of Health. We encourage our partners to share these videos and resources as you work to increase awareness throughout Maryland.


988 is the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Visit to learn more.

988 – Help is Here

988 for Young People

988 Spanish


Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can quickly restore the breathing of a person experiencing an opioid overdose. Learn more at

Naloxone English

Naloxone Spanish

Naloxone Training English

Naloxone Training Spanish


Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that 50-times stronger than heroin. Learn more at

Fentanyl English

Fentanyl Spanish

Fentanyl & Xylazine

Xylazine, which some may refer to as “tranq,” is often found in combination with fentanyl. It has increasingly been detected in overdose deaths. Xylazine is associated with severe wounds that spread and worsen quickly. Learn more at

Fentanyl & Xylazine English

Fentanyl & Xylazine Spanish

Good Samaritian Law

Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law, also referred to as the Good Sam Law, protects those who assist with an emergency alcohol or drug related overdose. Learn more at

Good Samaritan Law English

Good Samaritan Law Spanish


Negative attitudes toward substance use can discourage individuals from seeking help. Understanding that addiction is a treatable health condition can reduce stigma and empower individuals to reach out for support. Learn more about stigma at

Stigma – Loved Ones English

Stigma – Loved Ones Spanish

Talk to Your Doctor

Every patient or advocate should ask questions whenever being prescribed an opioid. Prescription opioids may not be right for everyone. Asking questions is important for your health when your doctor, dentist, or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, or morphine. Learn more at

Talk to you Doctor – Long form

Talk to you Doctor – ER English

Talk to you Doctor – ER Spanish

Talk to you Doctor – General Practice English

Talk to you Doctor – General Practice Spanish

Talk to you Doctor – Clinic English

Talk to you Doctor – Clinic Spanish