Opioid Overdoses in Maryland Increase in First Six Months of 2018


Statistics show the number of opioid-related overdoses in Maryland increased 14.8 percent over the first six months of 2018 compared with the same period last year.

According to data released Friday by the Maryland Department of Health, opioid overdoses killed 1,185 people from January to June. That’s compared with 1,032 during the same period last year.
Baltimore Sun reported that strong synthetic opioid fentanyl was involved in more than three-quarters of all overdose deaths in the province.

Clay Stamp is the executive director of the state Opioid Operation Command Center.

While prescription drugs are the biggest problem at the beginning of the opioid outbreak, Pul says that deaths are declining and illegal street drugs are now a problem.

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