Drug-Related Overdoses



For decades, the number of fatal opioid overdoses nationwide had been steadily increasing, according to numbers from the National Vital Statistics System. But in 2018, the number of overall opioid deaths dropped to 46,802.

Unfortunately, the number of deaths from synthetic opioids - like fentanyl - continues to rise. Between 2017 and 2018, synthetic opioid deaths increased 9%.1

Drug Overdoses in Maryland

For the last several years, the state of Maryland has consistently had one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the entire nation. In 2017, the synthetic opioid fentanyl was behind most of the overdose deaths.2



1Source: Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States (1999-2016), National Vital Statistics System

2Source: Overdose Data and Reports. Maryland Department of Health: Behavioral Health Administration.