The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released data on intoxication related deaths in the first half of 2016. Compared to past reports covering deaths in January to June, Carroll County saw an overall decrease in intoxication related deaths. Heroin related deaths were up by 50 percent compared to the same period in 2015 while deaths related to prescription opioids dropped considerably. The chart below shows the intoxication related deaths for the first six months of 2014-2016. The total intoxication related deaths will be different than the sum of the categories since a single fatality may have multiple related drugs.
Carroll County was one of four counties that saw a decrease in overdose deaths compared to the first half of last year. Fatalities related to the drug types in the report covering the first half of 2016 have been increasing since 2013 and there was a significant increase in 2012. The chart below shows the intoxication deaths related to heroin, prescription opioids, alcohol, fentanyl and cocaine in Carroll County from 2007 to 2015 and for the first six months of 2016.
Overall fatalities related to the drugs covered in the report have been rising every year since 2010. There were more Fentanyl deaths in Maryland during the first six months of 2016 than in all of 2015. The chart below shows the intoxication deaths related to heroin, prescription opioids, alcohol, fentanyl and cocaine in Maryland from 2007 to 2015 and for the first six months of 2016.