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CDC: Western Maryland Opioid Abuse, Deaths at Record Levels

July 19th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Health experts are seeing a historic spike in the opioid epidemic. More than 93,000 people died last year from drug overdoses — that's the highest number ever recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While in Maryland, nearly 2,500 opioid-related deaths were reported, the most, state officials said, on record. Allegany County is reporting the biggest surge in opioid related deaths. Emergency Services Director Jim Pyles tells WCBC News that it is simple to connect the dots leading to the high numbers in the region. He says drugs come through the southern border and move quickly to Baltimore. The trip from Cumberland to Baltimore is a short one- and as a result the local opioid market is booming….