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Opioids Taking Toll on People & EMS System

August 2nd, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Nearly 2,500 Marylanders lost their lives in opioid-related deaths last year, according to a new state report, and that represents the largest annual total on record. Allegany County has experienced the largest increase in the state.

The overall numbers for the region are skyrocketing, up more than 45%. Allegany County Emergency Services Director Jim Pyles, addressing the problem during a recent appearance on WCBC, said that not only are the number of cases spiking- so is the cost to his department…