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Carroll County overdoses, fatalities increase in April as 2021 continues to outpace 2020

Carroll County continued to report a significant increase in overdoses and fatalities resulting from these incidents in April.

According to data compiled by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, there were 29 overdoses in April, four of them resulting in deaths. The number of overdoses in Carroll increased by 16% when compared with March and also 16% when compared with April of last year.

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For the year, Carroll has reported a 26.3% increase in overdoses (144 through April in 2021 after 114 through April in 2020) and a 69.2% increase in fatal overdoses (22 through April after 13 at the same point last year).

While April was an increase over March (25), both months were far below the overdose numbers seen in January (43) and February (47). The six fatalities in March and April combined are a significant drop from the 16 reported in January and February combined.

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Of the 29 overdoses in April, five have been ruled intentional (with 23 ruled accidental and one undetermined). There were no deaths by suicide in April, and the five reported suicide attempts by overdose was the fewest of any month this year.

For April, the drug or method of overdose was unknown in seven cases, the combination of heroin and fentanyl was found to be the method of overdose in six, alcohol was the method in four, four cases were pending the medical examiner’s report, three were due to prescription medication, heroin alone was responsible in two cases, other opiates in two cases and cocaine in one.

Demographically, 25 of the April overdoses were suffered by county residents and 31% of all overdoses were responded to by Westminster police. The age group with the most overdose reports was 35-44, which accounted for 45% of the overdoses while 31% were over 44. Only one of the overdoses was a person under 25 years old.

All of the fatalities were men, three of them 50 or older, two in Sykesville.

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Carroll County is on pace for 432 overdoses and 66 deaths. Carroll reported 426 overdoses in 2020, a 1.8% decrease compared with 2019, and 45 fatal overdoses.

The monthly report, which is put together by Regional Heroin Coordinator Brant Webb, includes data from Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Westminster Police Department, Maryland State Police, Manchester Police Department, Hampstead Police Department, Taneytown Police Department, Mount Airy Police Department and Sykesville Police Department.

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