November 15, 2014 1:37 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland had a 33 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in the first quarter of this year.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a new report on Thursday that shows the increase over the same period last year is being driven by fentanyl-laced heroin.
The report says there were 252 total drug overdose deaths from January to March, and 148 are related to heroin.
Gov. Martin O’Malley created a state Overdose Prevention Council last month to address the rising problem.
The O’Malley administration had set a goal of reducing overdose deaths by 20 percent by 2015.
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