At the Charles County Department of Health, our outpatient substance use program provides behavioral health services to residents of this county and other surrounding areas. We provide services to adolescent and adults who are experiencing substance use concerns.
We have walk in services Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. No referral is necessary. Medication Assisted Treatment is scheduled after the Behavioral Health assessment is completed. Please feel free to call 301-609-6600 for any questions you might have.
Opiates are drugs derived from the poppy plant or synthetic chemical equivalents.
The medical use of opiates is to alleviate pain, decrease cough, and to treat opiate addiction.
Some of their side effects are euphoria and sleepiness. Some common opiates are morphine,
heroin,and codeine. Opiates are sometimes referred to by the broader term, “narcotics.”
While Opiates have been used as pain killers for hundreds of years,
they have also been used recreationally and abused for many years.
Addiction does not discriminate.
Opioid overdose happens when a toxic amount of an opioid—alone or mixed with other opioid(s),
drugs and/or substances—overwhelms the body’s ability to handle it.
Many opioid-related overdoses result from mixing prescription painkillers or heroin with benzodiazepines (benzos), cocaine and/or alcohol.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times more potent than morphine, and 25-50 times more potent than heroin. Below are lethal doses of heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil.
Drugs users are not always aware when their heroin is laced with fentanyl, so when they inject their usual quantity of heroin, they may accidentally take a deadly dose of the substance.