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Drug, alcohol overdoses could become third leading cause of death in Harford

Drug, alcohol overdoses could become third leading cause of death in Harford

Drug and alcohol overdoses could become the third leading cause of death in Harford County — behind heart disease and cancer — if the overdoses continue at the rate where they have been, Harford County’s acting health officer said last week.

In 2015, 50 people died from overdoses in Harford, according to Dr. Russell Moy, acting health officer for the Harford County Department of Health. Overdoses were the seventh leading cause of death in Harford that year.

In 2016, the number of overdose deaths rose to 84, a 68 percent increase from the prior year.

Preliminary data for 2017 indicates a possible 100 percent increase year over year, which would put deaths from drug and...

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