You’re offered pills at parties or on a street corner. They have cool names like Oxy, Perc, Morph, Kicker, Yellow Jackets, Black Beauties…so many names and colors it’s hard to keep up. Your friends may say it’s just a different way to party—but you should know different. They are all opioids and they are dangerous.

Opioids are pain relievers made from opium. They come from the poppy plant. You might recognize the names morphine and codeine, which are two natural products of opium.

There are also synthetically modified and imitation drugs you may also recognize such as Dilaudid, Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab (hydrocodone), Demerol, Methadone, Fentanyl, Heroin…there are literally dozens of names.

Getting pills “on the street” can be very expensive. Many abusers turn to heroin, which can be purchased less expensively but is just as dangerous.

Anyone. It is a chemical reaction, and it can be nearly instantaneous in some cases.

Help is available to Somerset County residents right here at home. The county offers:

  • Medication-assisted treatment—Suboxone and Vivitrol
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Support groups for family members of abusers

If an in-patient facility is needed, we can help arrange that. Call 410-523-1790.

Drop them in a Somerset County Drug Take-Back Box today! Acceptable deposits:

  • Any expired or unused medication that comes in pill form, capsules, or liquid in a bottle.
  • Non-liquid forms of medication can be in the original container or in zip-lock bags.

Unacceptable deposits—needles, lancets, syringes, and razor blades should be securely enclosed in a metal or plastic container and thrown in the regular trash.

Narcan® is a branded form of naloxone, an effective antidote for opioid overdose. On the first Monday of each month, the Somerset County Health Department offers FREE Narcan training. The training starts at 5:30 pm at 8928 Sign Post Road in Westover, Maryland. To register, call (443) 523-1790. All participants will leave the training with a training certificate that will allow them to obtain a free dosage of Narcan from a number of local pharmacies. The Somerset County Health Department is also available to do on-site Narcan trainings for groups of 10 or more. Call (443) 523-1790 for more information.

  1. Say “No” like you mean it
    Make eye contact with the person pressuring you and say “NO” firmly. The more definitive you are in your refusal, the less people will bother you.
  2. Back up a “No” with a positive statement
    Say something like, “Thanks, but I’m fine right now,” or “I’m okay—I’m having fun anyway.” You don’t need to get defensive, provide a lengthy explanation, or call others out on their drinking.
  3. Be repetitive
    Don’t hesitate to state your position over and over again if people continue to pressure you. Your decision not to drink is yours alone, and isn’t a statement or judgment on anyone else’s behavior.
  4. Be your own best friend
    Remind yourself every now and then that you’re special and block any negative thoughts about needing to do what others do just so that you can fit in. If your friendships are dependent on doing things you don’t want to do, then seek other friends.
  5. Find ways to excel
    Challenge yourself to do your best. Focus your attention on your personal goals instead of the goals of a group.