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Maryland Ranks Fifith In The Country With Overdose Death Rate

December 28th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

In Maryland, heroin-related deaths tripled from 2011 to 2015, rising from 247 to 748, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The death rate from drug overdoses in the state is the fifth-worst in the country, and it’s only likely to get worse, experts say.  In the early 2000s, the popularity of heroin and opioids as illegal narcotics soared in Maryland around the same time as overdose deaths due to drugs or alcohol began to increase, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers are growing worse by the month. Delegate Wendell Beitzel said that it has become obvious that this is not an issue that can be dealt with by simply arresting those found to be using…


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