Fetanyl-related deaths rise as Maryland's opioid crisis rages on (Baltimore Business Journal)
Thursday Jul 26th, 2018
Maryland's deadly opioid crisis is showing no signs of abating with the latest state data highlighting a rising number of deaths due to fetanyl use.
Fentanyl-related deaths continue to rise, increasing from 1,119 in 2016 to 1,594 in 2017, according to information released Thursday on unintentional drug and alcohol-related intoxication deaths from the Maryland Department of Health. The agency's statistics include deaths in 2017 and the first three months of 2018.
Dr. Leana Wen, the city's health commissioner, said the numbers show the need for increased funding for treatment on demand and the purchase of naloxone. She also questioned why the data for 2017 wasn't released until seven months after the new year.