Your Life Matters

The Your Life Matters Project is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to walking with individuals step by step as they wrestle through all areas of substance abuse & crisis.

If you want to schedule a training or have more questions about
Safe Stations, Hands Only CPR or Narcan, please contact:

Captain Aaron Edwards
Annapolis Fire/Your Life Matters
YLM@annapolis.gov
410-263-7978

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Drug Deactivation Kits

The patented Deterra® System is a scientifically proven product, powered by proprietary MAT12® Molecular Adsorption Technology. In a simple 3-step process, a user can deactivate drugs, thereby preventing drug misuse and protecting the environment.

If you would like a deactivation kit contact OEM at 410-216-9167 or Cpt. Edwards at 410-263-7978.

Narcan Training

Narcan (Nalaxone) is a medicine that is an antidote to opioid drugs. The Annapolis Fire Department wants to train all citizens to administer Narcan. 

For more information:
Narcan FAQs
Signs of and Opioid Overdose 

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Good Samaritan Law

What is the Good Samaritan Law? 
According to the national Network for Public Health Law, which is comprised of public health attorneys and practitioners, Good Samaritan Laws:

  • provide criminal immunity for certain crimes;
  • encourage individuals to summon aid in the event of a drug or alcohol health emergency or overdose; and 
  • prevent overdose deaths.

Why do I need to know about this law?
If you witness a drug or alcohol medical emergency, you will be more likely to call for help and prevent someone from dying.

What Can I Do?
Spread the word about this law to former substance users, current users and friends or families of users. 

For a printable flyer click here.

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Safe Stations

Effective April 20th, 2017 the Annapolis Police Department as well as every Annapolis Fire Station, every Anne Arundel County Fire Station, as well as all County police stations, will be a designated as a safe environment for individuals looking for assistance to start their path to recovery from heroin/opioid addiction.

How This Works

At any time, a local resident who is the victim of addiction or substance abuse can go to any Annapolis or Anne Arundel County Police or Fire Station and request assistance.

Upon arrival to a Safe Station, the Public Safety Officer at the station will inquire about any other medical condition that may require the individual to be transported to the hospital.  If transport is needed, the person will be met by the Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) at the hospital. If no additional medical treatment is required, the Public Safety Officer will call the MCRT team and when they arrive at the Safe Station, they will begin their evaluation.

The MCRT is solely responsible for evaluating and determining the path of treatment.  

Individuals seeking assistance will be asked if they are in position of any weapons or drugs. If so, local law enforcement will be notified and will come to the safe station to take the custody of the items only.

The program is a cooperative effort by all levels of government.

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