Dorchester County Health Department

3 Cedar Street | Cambridge, MD 21613 | 410-228-3223; Fax 410-228-9319 | Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Drug and Alcohol Prevention Services program of the Dorchester County Health Department develops, coordinates, and implements the county's substance abuse prevention plan. Referrals are not necessary. Anyone can obtain services, which are free of charge. Services include:

  • Special programs for high-risk youths
  • Center for Substance Abuse Model Programs
  • Technical assistance/networking with community agencies
  • Group presentations
Eligibility: Residents of Dorchester County who want to prevent substance abuse problems.

For information, please contact Charlene Jones, AOD Abuse Prevention
Supervisor. at 410-901-8162  


Drug and Alcohol Prevention Services also addresses substance abuse/issues through the Partnership for a Drug Free Dorchester (PDFD).

Partnership for a Drug Free Dorchester (PDFD) is a community coalition established to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse i Dorchester County, Maryland. We involve community members in seeking and achieving changes in local public policies and practices that prevent our youth's access to and use of substances.

Meetings are held the first Monday of every month unless the date falls on a holiday.  The coalition functions through subcommittees, which may be subject to change, include:

  • Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA): Changes policies and practices in ways that reduce access to alcohol by youth.
  • Communities United (CU): Community members assist with fulfilling the coalition’s goals and objectives.
  • Data & Evaluation: Evaluates the coalition’s efforts, monitors plans and activities, and makes recommendations for improvement and sustainability.
  • Dorchester Recovery Initiative (DRI): Promotes personal recovery for all by strengthening the recovery community, services, and structures that help folks get and stay in recovery.
  • Media: Monitors and oversees the creation, development, and coordination of the coalition’s traditional and social media outputs and marketing materials.
  • Membership & Capacity: Monitors the availability of volunteer, organizational and other resources, increasing each as needed in order to sustain coalition efforts.
  • Prescription Drug: Take Back (Ad Hoc) - Collaborates with local law enforcement to reduce access to and the illegal use of unwanted and unused RX and Over-the-Counter medication.
  • Tobacco: Addresses access and use of tobacco by minors and promotes smoke-free environments.
  • Youth Action Council (YAC): Middle and high school age community youth work to reduce underage substance abuse.

Residents interested in joining are greatly welcomed.  We need you!

Find us on Facebook: & YouTube  For more information, contact Charlene Jones, PDFD Coordinator, at 410-901-8162 or

For more information please visit:


Opiate Misuse Prevention

The Dorchester County Health Department has the lead role for this Initiative, in cooperation with 4 other Mid-Shore Maryland Counties of Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne's and Kent. This is an opportunity to bridge the spectrum of opiate use from primary prevention efforts through overdose and death prevention (harm reduction). Erin Hill coordinates the program, and has experience in Prevention and Recovery Support. Using the Strategic Prevention Framework and with funding support from the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration, strategies will be implemented in the region to address prescription opioid misuse and heroin use. You can learn more at

For more information on the regional effort, contact Erin Hill at 410 901 8134 or

For local opportunities to support the initiative, contact Charlene Jones at 410-901-8162 or



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