MD Heroin Awareness Advocates

We provide education, resources, and services to help those who suffer with substance use disorder

Fighting Heroin Addiction in Maryland

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We are a unique organization fighting heroin addiction, consisting of family members with lived experience who advocate, raise awareness and support those suffering with substance use and co-occurring mental disorders. “Save Our Children Family Peer Support” is a subsidiary of MHAA which offers weekly family support groups that currently take place in several local jurisdictions. These groups provide grief counseling and education for those seeking help. 

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MHAA was created in 2016 as a nonprofit grassroots resource for Maryland families affected by the opioid crisis. MHAA is fighting Heroin Addiction. MD Heroin Awareness Advocates is a 501(C)3 Nonprofit Organization.

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Addiction is an isolating disease, not only for the one with substance use disorder but for the family as well. Many of us joined MHAA for the connections to other families with similar experience and to know we are not alone.

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MHAA in Action

MHAA relies on grants and donations for operating support and works year-round planning and managing fundraising events.


Awareness activities are evidenced through several billboards located in counties which promote the Good Samaritan Law, Narcan/Naloxone administration, and the dangers of opioid use. We also use the social media which consists of our facebook and website along with performing medial interviews.


Education is conducted by our members who speak and educate school administrators, students and staff on a regular basis. Many of our members attend state and federal level policy workshops and meetings to give feedback which addresses improvement in the current system fragmentation that is not conducive to the opioid epidemic. We testify at legislative hearings and educate legislators.

Family Peer Support

Family peer support services which includes treatment navigation, grief counseling, active use support program referrals and safe places to share without shame. Assisting in helping families to navigate insurance options and filing complaints

Project Portfolio

  • tree with red hearts logo for Save Our Children Peer Support
    Save Our Children

    Family peer support services include treatment navigation, grief counseling, active use support program referrals and safe places to share without shame.

  • Narcan Nasal Spray
    What is Naloxone?

    Naloxone reverses an opioid overdose

  • women standing at table
    Spring Concert

    at the Strathmore

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    Good Samaritan Bill

    MHAA supports HB 416, the MD Good Samaritan Bill

Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being's suffering.

Not a career.

Not wealth.

Not intelligence.

Certainly not status.

We have to feel for one another if we're going to survive with dignity.

- Audrey Hepburn -