Heroin ODs in Maryland up by 54%: officials

heroinFatal overdoses from heroin rose by 54% in Maryland from 2011 to 2012, due in part to the state’s painkiller addiction epidemic, according to a report released by the state health department on Wednesday. This increase led to a 15% rise in the total number of fatal drug- and alcohol-related overdoses in the state, from 663 in 2011 to 761 in 2012.

According to the report, 2012 marked a reversal in recent alcohol and drug overdose trends: heroin-related deaths, which declined 36% between 2007 and 2011, increased among all demographic groups and in all regions in the state from 2011 to 2012.

In contrast, deaths related to prescription opioids like oxycodone and methadone, which increased 18% between 2007 and 2011, decreased 12% between 2011 and 2012, according to the report.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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