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Families in Maryland, who have a loved one addicted to opioids, are in a very precarious situation at the moment. Maryland has been one of the states that has seen the brunt of the prescription drug epidemic, the heroin epidemic, and the synthetic opioid epidemics. Overdoses from opioids in the state of Maryland have led to more deaths than in other states, thanks to many delayed responses in recognizing the problems, and addressing those problems.

Maryland Drug and Alcohol Related Death Statistics

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2017 Maryland drug and alcohol abuse statistics are now showing that even though the response to the addiction epidemic was late, certain prevention methods have helped to curb the out of control growth of the epidemic. While Maryland in not in the clear yet, and still has some of the highest rates of addicted individuals who have not sought addiction treatment, Intervention Helpline’s certified interventionist professionals hope to help as many families in the area as we can.

With our help, families can not only recognize severe addiction, but can respond to addiction in the best way possible, helping a loved one to take the first step into addiction recovery.

Maryland Alcohol Abuse and Addiction Statistics

Alcohol Related Deaths in Maryland in 2017, By County

  • Baltimore City: 198 Deaths
  • Baltimore County (Not Including Baltimore City): 71 Deaths
  • Prince George’s County: 51 Deaths
  • Ann Arundel County: 37 Deaths
  • Montgomery County: 35 Deaths
  • Washington County: 14 Deaths
  • Harford County: 12 Deaths
  • Cecil County: 12 Deaths
  • Mary’s County: 11 Deaths
  • Frederick County: 11 Deaths
  • Wicomico County: 9 Deaths
  • Charles County: 9 Deaths
  • Carroll County: 9 Deaths
  • Howard County: 7 Deaths
  • Talbot County: 5 Deaths
  • Worcester County: 4 Deaths
  • Queen Anne’s County: 4 Deaths
  • Caroline County: 4 Deaths
  • Calvert County: 4 Deaths
  • Allegany County: 4 Deaths
  • Garrett County: 2 Deaths
  • Dorchester County: 2 Deaths
  • Somerset County: 1 Death
  • Kent County: 1 Death

Heroin Related Deaths in Maryland in 2017, By County

  • Baltimore City: 380 Deaths
  • Baltimore County (Not Including Baltimore City): 170 Deaths
  • Prince George’s County: 52 Deaths
  • Ann Arundel County: 118 Deaths
  • Montgomery County: 52 Deaths
  • Washington County: 22 Deaths
  • Harford County: 53 Deaths
  • Cecil County: 37 Deaths
  • Mary’s County: 12 Deaths
  • Frederick County: 35 Deaths
  • Wicomico County: 20 Deaths
  • Charles County: 16 Deaths
  • Carroll County: 28 Deaths
  • Howard County: 23 Deaths
  • Talbot County: 3 Deaths
  • Worcester County: 9 Deaths
  • Queen Anne’s County: 5 Deaths
  • Caroline County: 4 Deaths
  • Calvert County: 17 Deaths
  • Allegany County: 14 Deaths
  • Garrett County: 1 Deaths
  • Dorchester County: 4 Deaths
  • Somerset County: 2 Deaths
  • Kent County: 1 Death

Maryland Drug Abuse and Addiction Statistics

Heroin related deaths decreased between 2016 and 2017, providing some relief for families who have been hit hard by heroin deaths in Maryland in the previous years. Here are the statistics for heroin related deaths in 2017 over 2106:

Heroin Related Deaths in Maryland in 2017 vs. 2016, By Age Group

  • Maryland heroin related deaths in those under 25 years old dropped from 100 deaths in 2016 to 86 deaths in 2017.
  • Heroin related deaths in the age group 25-34 years old dropped from 312 deaths in 2016 to 278 deaths in 2017.
  • Heroin related deaths in Maryland dropped from 229 deaths in 2016 to 226 in the 35-44 age demographics.
  • Heroin related deaths dropped from 335 deaths in 2016 to 277 deaths in 2017, for the age group 45-54 years.
  • Heroin deaths in those 55 years and older in Maryland saw a slight decrease from 235 deaths in 2016 to 210 deaths in 2017.

Prescription Opioid Related Deaths in Maryland in 2017 vs. 2016

While heroin related deaths overall decreased from 2016 to 2017, the majority of deaths from prescription opioids increased over the previous year.

  • Methadone related deaths in Maryland increased from 197 in 2016 to 246 deaths in 2017.
  • Oxycodone related deaths in Maryland decreased from 157 in 2016 to 122 in 2017.
  • Tramadol related deaths increased from 35 in 2016 to 42 in 2017

Fentanyl Related Deaths in Maryland

While heroin and prescription opioid overdose deaths decreased in general in the state in 2017, deaths from fentanyl saw a significant increase from 1119 deaths in 2016 to 1594 deaths in 2017. The majority of fentanyl related deaths in Maryland occurred in Baltimore City – the center for many of the state’s drug and alcohol problems. However, fentanyl deaths in Maryland touched nearly every community in the state in 2017.

Fentanyl Related Deaths in Maryland in 2017, By County

  • Baltimore City: 573 Deaths
  • Baltimore County (Not Including Baltimore City): 244 Deaths
  • Prince George’s County: 103 Deaths
  • Ann Arundel County: 152 Deaths
  • Montgomery County: 72 Deaths
  • Washington County: 39 Deaths
  • Harford County: 7 Deaths
  • Cecil County: 44 Deaths
  • Mary’s County: 26 Deaths
  • Frederick County: 49 Deaths
  • Wicomico County: 24 Deaths
  • Charles County: 26 Deaths
  • Carroll County: 40 Deaths
  • Howard County: 36 Deaths
  • Talbot County: 3 Deaths
  • Worcester County: 12 Deaths
  • Queen Anne’s County: 5 Deaths
  • Caroline County: 7 Deaths
  • Calvert County: 22 Deaths
  • Allegany County: 29 Deaths
  • Garrett County: 2 Deaths
  • Dorchester County: 7 Deaths
  • Somerset County: 3 Deaths
  • Kent County: 3 Death

Summarizing the Drug and Alcohol and Abuse Issues in Maryland

It is clear from the statistics that heroin and opioids are the greatest problem in Maryland, centering on the rampant amount of deaths from overdoses. While deaths have decreased slightly over the past year, this is due in part to the fact that narcan/naloxone has been made widely available in the state.

With greater access to this opioid overdose reversal drug, those that are at risk of an overdose have a greater chance at surviving an accidental overdose. These decreases in the amount of deaths due to drugs literally mean the world to families who have a loved one addicted to drugs, and the decreases are welcomed. However, there is still much to be done to really make a dent into the numbers, and prevent more Maryland citizens from substance abuse and life-threatening addictions.

Drug and Alcohol Interventions in Maryland

While measures that the state of Maryland has taken have started to show some promise in decreasing the amount of overdose deaths attributed to opioids like heroin, prescription painkillers, fentanyl, and carfentanil, it takes prevention and intervention to help those who are addicted to find a way to make a change in their lives. Intervention Helpline’s certified professional interventionists – through their years of experience – have found that a full and successful addiction recovery comes in the form of small steps.

With Intervention Helpline’s case management services for addiction treatment, we lay out the recovery plan for the individual and family so that they can see the series of small steps that it takes to achieve a full recovery.

Throughout addiction treatment and recovery, we work with families to stick to the recovery plan, preventing relapse, and ensuring that family and the addict have what they need to make a successful recovery.

The first step in the recovery process is intervention and addiction treatment planning, and it often takes family members and those who love and care for the addict to stake the first step. Intervention Helpline’s certified addiction specialists and interventionists will travel to you to start the recovery planning process and to stage the drug and alcohol intervention in Maryland.

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