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Beitzel Comments on Rising Opioid Deaths

January 2nd, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Through the first half of 2018, Maryland recorded 1,185 opioid-related overdose deaths — 15 percent more than the same period last year. The mid-year figure is the most recent the Maryland Department of Health has tallied. If deaths have continued at that pace, as many suspect, fatalities will surpass last year’s record of 2,009. That figure ranked Maryland among the hardest-hit states as the nation recorded 48,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2017. Delegate Wendell Beitzel said that although local, state and federal government efforts have been strong- unfortunately the death toll keeps rising…

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