The opioid epidemic is touching many states on the east coast, especially Maryland. According to a report from the Maryland Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Administration, 88 percent of all intoxication deaths in 2017 were opioid-related. The total deaths related to opioids rose to a total of 2009.
The most current quarterly report from the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration says that oopioid-relateddeaths from January to March of this year were 579. That is more than a quarter of last year’s total.
One of the state's biggest cities is seeing a rise in opioid related deaths year after year. Last year Baltimore had a total of 692, over a third of the total opioid related deaths for the entire state.
The epidemic has gotten increasingly worse in Baltimore that the DEA has started the “360 Strategy” in hope to battle the epidemic.
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“People with opioid addictions are sometimes in too deep to ask for help or don’t think help is available,” Nancy Mini, someone who had an experience with a family member. She also added “The addiction doesn’t just affect the user but those who around them.”
Places like Behavioral Health Clinic are essential to trying to recover or get assistance in recovering. By assisting those who need help with opioid addiction BHC is putting up a fight. In combination with the efforts of local and federal law enforcements BHC aims to educate those who use and those who may know people who are using.
For those who may need help of who may know someone who does, here is a link to the SAMHSA’s treatment facility locater. Any area of the country can be searched.
Article Posted: 07/31/2021 12:40:33 PM