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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Opioid overdoses on the rise, despite federal and state programs

WASHINGTON – Opioids are responsible for 86 percent of Maryland’s overdose deaths, and the numbers keep rising, even as states scramble to curtail them.

Those tracking heroin, fentanyl and opioid prescription deaths — both statewide and nationally — are reporting staggering numbers.

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said overdose deaths related to opioids are up 14 percent from the year before.

“The most commonly prescribed opioid pain relievers, those classified as natural or semi-synthetic opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, continue to be involved in more overdose deaths than any other opioid type. These deaths increased by 9 percent (813 more deaths in 2014 than 2013),” the federal agency says in a news release.

Both Maryland and Virginia are working to change their numbers, but both also report more deaths from opioids last year than in 2013.



Anonymous said...

Good, hope my EX Wife...hooked on legal prescription drug one of them under the dirt!!!

Anonymous said...

The gene pool needed some chlorine, anyway.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering why the overdose that took place at the MVA in the women's restroom in Salisbury was never reported on the news