What does this mean?
Fentanyl is here

If you inject heroin or other drugs, going slow could save your life. When you start to inject, use a little bit first and wait 20 seconds to see how strong it is. If it feels off, be careful -- consider not using it or taking less. Be sure someone with you has naloxone.

If you use heroin, pills or even other drugs in Baltimore there is a good chance you are using fentanyl. Fentanyl has caused a huge spike in overdose deaths. Fentanyl acts FAST. Be careful.

Harm Reduction Tips
Don’t become a statistic.
Take action to protect yourself from overdose.
Go Slow.

Wait 20 seconds after you first start to inject to take the plunge.

Never use alone.

Use with someone and take turns in case one of you needs naloxone.
(And remember not to share needles.)

Carry Naloxone.

Naloxone is available at all pharmacies in Maryland.

Resources
Stats
Fentanyl is up to 50x more powerful than heroin. This is the difference between a lethal dose of heroin vs a lethal dose of fentanyl.
Maryland's Good Samaritan Law

Don’t be afraid to call 911 if you witness an overdose. Under Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law if you help someone who is overdosing:

Don’t Run,

Call 911

  • You cannot be arrested or charged for possession of small amounts of drugs, paraphernalia or providing alcohol to minors.
  • Your parole and probation status will not be affected.
  • You MUST be helping the individual who is overdosing for this law to apply to you.
Tips when with the police
  • You have the right to document the scene.
  • You always have the right to remain silent.
  • You don’t have to agree to a search or to hand over your cell phone.