BALTIMORE (WMAR) - The number of deadly overdoses are on the rise in Maryland, and state health officials say heroin is to blame.
A new report from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) reveals the number of heroin-related deaths increased from 245 in 2011 to 378 in 2012. The numbers total a 54 percent increase.
As a result in the spike of heroin-related overdose deaths, the total number of deadly drug and alcohol related deaths increased 15 percent.
"We are taking action to address this serious public health concern," said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary of DHMH.