Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP)

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A Program of the Prevention & Health Communications Department

The Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP) is part of the Governor’s comprehensive statewide strategy for reducing overdose deaths related to pharmaceutical opioids and heroin. Through the OMPP grant, Health Department staff work closely with stakeholders across the region to reduce unintentional overdoses involving opioids such as prescription painkillers and heroin. The OMPP provides prevention, outreach, education, and training to individuals, worksites, and community groups in Wicomico County, MD.

What are Opioids?

Opioids are substances that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. Opioids are most often used medically to relieve pain, and by people addicted to opioids.

Types of Opioids

What you should know about opioids:

  • Opioids are highly addictive.
  • When abused, even a single large dose can cause severe respiratory failure, which can lead to death.
  • Exposure to opioids in utero increases the risk of defects in the baby’s brain, heart, spine and abdominal wall.
  • Taking too much opioid medication can result in overdose and death.
  • Combining opioids with alcohol, sleep aids or muscle relaxers increase



State Opioid Policies. State has completed CDC Consultation (2019). Syringe Exchange Programs are legal (2019). Good Samaritan Law protects from Parole/Probation Violations (2018). State Medicaid Program does cover Methadone (2017).

Good Samaritan Law

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Maryland's Good Samaritan Law Protects you. If you witness a drug or alcohol overdose, get help. Call 911.

Lock it or drop it. Store or dispose of medication in a lock box or a drop box!

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I am the Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP) Coordinator for the Wicomico County Health Department. I am currently trying to bring awareness on proper storage and disposal through educational presentations and demonstrations.  If you are interested, please contact me.

Takeisha Collins at 410-219-7557


Click on the link for Wicomico County Drop Box Locations:

                                         Drop Box Locations MedSafe - Medical Disposal Dropbox


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