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Declining reports of opioid overdoses don't necessarily mean fewer people are overdosing, says Harford sheriff

Declining reports of opioid overdoses don't necessarily mean fewer people are overdosing, says Harford sheriff

The number of heroin and opioid overdoses being reported to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office is down significantly from the same time last year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not happening at the same rate.

And in the end, what matters is fewer people are dying, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said.

“Although I would prefer to say there are less overdoses and a declining trend,” Gahler said recently, “I think it’s a whole lot more likely there is so much more Narcan out there that that is saving lives. That’s the goal of it, which is great. It’s what we all hope to see, a declining number in our addicted population.”

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