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MD Medical Examiners Office Straining To Keep Up With Heroin Related Deaths

April 19th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The heroin epidemic is killing so many people in the state of Maryland that its medical examiner’s office is straining to keep up.  Autopsies in the state have grown 40 percent since 2010 – almost 100 more a year. Deaths from drug overdose in the state rose to 1,468 in the first nine months of 2016, up from 1,259 for all of 2015, and more than twice as many as 2010. Of those deaths, 900 were related to heroin, and more than 700 related to fentanyl – a more powerful opioid that is often mixed with heroin. The preliminary numbers for the first quarter of 2017 suggests the problem is only growing. Locally, Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson tells WCBC News that local law enforcement agencies have been working as a team- and they are using all possible resources in identifying those individuals bringing the drugs into the region…


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