SMCHD Announces Relocation of Harm Reduction Program Services


LEONARDTOWN, MD (August 8, 2022) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department Harm Reduction Program (HRP) office will move from its current location to the newly renovated St. Mary’s County Health Center at 21625 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park.

The last day of services will be offered at the current HRP location (Signature Lane in Lexington Park) on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. The HRP office will be closed August 17, 18, and 19 for relocation, and services will resume Monday, August 22 August 2022 from Health Hub. Support groups will not take place during the month of August and will resume in September.

HRP offers a wide range of scientifically proven interventions that improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities, including:

  • HIV testing and treatment referral
  • Hepatitis C screening and treatment
  • Buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder
  • Collection and safe disposal of used syringes and distribution of sterile supplies
  • Tips for a safer injection
  • Outreach and Peer Education
  • References for STI screening
  • Overdose response training and naloxone distribution
  • Link to treatment, recovery and community support services
  • References for wound care
  • Advice and resources for safer sex, including condoms

“Harm reduction programs reduce the transmission of HIV and hepatitis, prevent fatal overdoses and encourage people with substance use disorders to seek treatment and recover,” said Dr Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “Moving this program to the new Health Hub makes it more accessible and better connected to future crisis services and community support programs.

For more information on HRP services, please visit smchd.org/harmreduction or call (301) 862-1680.


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