According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC), 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose and since 1999 the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. In Maryland overdose deaths between 2015 and 2016 rose 70% and the trend continues to rise alarmingly. More than 1,800 Marylander's lost their lives to an opioid related overdose in 2016 and more than 400 of those deaths were related to prescription opioid abuse. Use the following links to learn more about the epidemic:
If you or someone close to you needs help for a substance use disorder, talk to your doctor or call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.
Drug and alcohol addiction in Maryland is a serious problem with devastating impacts on families and communities--and related fatalities on the rise. The Hogan Administration's statewide focus on addressing heroin and opioid abuse includes a coordinated, statewide public education initiative to help students and parents identify and respond to signs of addiction and to access support services. To learn more about the Opioid Abuse issues facing Maryland please see the following video prepared by the Maryland State Department of Education.