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New Report: Overdose Deaths Increase 66% in Maryland between 2015 and 2016

Beth Hess - Thursday, July 06, 2017
Maryland saw a 66 percent increase in overdose deaths from 2015 to 2016, according to a report issued earlier this month by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Of 2,089 overdose death's last year, 89 percent were opioid-related, a number which increased by 70 percent between 2015 and 2016. Governor Hogan has declared a state of emergency to address the opioid crisis.  Review the Report

Maryland's overdose epidemic is part of a national trend that is driven by opioid overdoses. Preliminary data on U.S. overdose deaths in 2016 indicates that the number likely exceeded 59,000, a 19 percent increase over 2015 numbers.  Nationally, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among those under age 50.

Visit BeforeItsTooLateMD.org for resources you can use to help prevent this epidemic from spreading.


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