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Trone Calls for Immediate Action to Address Increase in Overdose Deaths

April 16th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Following the release of new data from the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) showing a significant increase in the number of overdose deaths in Maryland in 2020- Congressman David Trone is calling for immediate action.  Overdoses throughout the state increased by 18.7%, while Western Maryland experienced a 45.9% increase in overdose deaths. The Maryland Democrat said that this latest report confirms his worst fears- that COVID-19 has taken a significant toll on Marylanders of every demographic living with substance use disorder, especially those in Western Maryland. Trone, who lost a nephew to opioid abuse in 2016, said the consequences of this pandemic are real and long-lasting, and now is the time to double down on our efforts to help those who need it.  He said the latest numbers are alarming…