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Local Counties See Drop in Overdose Deaths Despite Statewide Increase

September 20th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Between the first quarter of 2020 and 2021 overdose deaths involving drugs and alcohol in Maryland increased by 5.7%. Of 682 deaths, 612 were related to opioid use, nearly 90%, according to the state Opioid Operational Command Center report released in June. Allegany and Garrett counties saw decreases in opioid overdose deaths during that time of 38.5% and 50%, respectively. Thirteen people died of an opioid overdose in the first quarter of 2020 in Allegany County, and in 2021 there were eight such deaths. In Garrett County, there were two deaths in 2020 and one in 2021. Maryland’s Lt Governor Boyd Rutherford has been leading the state effort in dealing with the opioid epidemic- and has recently spent time in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties…