Midyear data provided by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office showed there were 23 drug- and/or alcohol-related deaths from January through June this year, compared with 46 such deaths in that same time period in 2018. That’s still too many, but it’s cutting a tragic number in half. Heroin-related deaths decreased from seven to four, and fentanyl-related deaths plummeted from 26 to nine. The total number of overdoses (nonfatal and fatal combined) also decreased. There were 293 overdoses from January through June in 2018, and 194 from January through June this year, an almost 34% decrease, according to the report. The year-over-year decrease in total heroin-related overdoses was 121 to 72. June 2019 also had the lowest number of total overdoses, at 34, for any June since 2015, when there were just 14; June 2016 saw 39 overdoses, June 2017 had 41 and June 2018 saw 42 total overdoses.