Baltimore City Commissioner of Health Dr. Letitia Dzirasa Responds to the State’s First Quarter Fatal Overdose Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Baltimore, MD - Today, the Maryland Department of Health and Opioid Operational Command Center released the 2019 statistics which include preliminary data for unintentional drug and alcohol-related intoxication deaths through the first quarter of 2019.

“Deaths, as a result of opioid overdose, remain a public health crisis that the Baltimore City Health Department is committed to addressing.

“My sincere condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one to substance use disorder. Every life is valued. With that in mind, the Baltimore City Health Department supports a three-pronged strategy for combating the opioid crisis: administering naloxone in an effort to prevent fatal overdoses, increasing access to on-demand and evidence-based treatment, and fighting stigma around opioid use disorder with education. 

“For those suffering from opioid use disorder, we offer a 24-hour crisis hotline that can be reached at 410-433-5175.  We continue to offer free naloxone trainings at the Health Department and throughout the City. To learn more, visit www.dontdie.org.  

“We will continue to fight the opioid epidemic in an effort to prevent further lives lost.” 

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