Baltimore Sun article highlighted
the negative impact of opioid use in the US. Big ongoing challenge for all
deaths ... continued grim spike last year
"Unfortunately, this mirrors a
trend across the country," ..
The [Maryland] state data showed
only one area of improvement. While deaths from heroin, fentanyl, prescription
drugs, cocaine and alcohol also ticked up, fatal overdoses dropped nearly 12
percent in the benzodiazepine category, which includes tranquilizers such as Valium
and Xanax often used to treat anxiety.
The work continues, said Van T. Mitchell, state health secretary.
"Maryland, like many states
across the nation, has been in the midst of an opioid epidemic," he said.
"Health and Mental Hygiene continues our work to try to save lives by
making residents aware of the peril associated with substance-use disorder and
of the resources available to treat those who grapple with this problem."