Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP)
Phone: (410) 334-3480
Fax: (410) 548-5184
A Program of Planning and Population Health
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 increases the risk of overdose and death.