Earlier this week the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released the overdose death numbers for the second quarter of 2016. From January to June, Maryland saw 920 deaths related to overdose, 319 more than this point last year. The department has worked diligently to raise awareness about the issue and implement programs to fight substance use disorder and the opioid epidemic.
Most recently, we filmed a public service announcement in partnership with Maryland Public Television that is being broadcast on stations in Maryland. You can view the short video here. The PSAs are the latest tactic in this fight to raise awareness. Our department’s push to combat substance use disorder and overdose encompasses multiple administrations:
Working in collaboration with federal, state and local partners to try to reduce overdoses, we want to make sure Marylanders know that – if they are grappling with substance use disorder and are taking illicit substances – they are on the path toward overdose, possibly death, and they need to seek treatment right away.
Additional information on overdose prevention can be found at MdDestinationRecovery.org or by calling 1-800-422-0009.
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