Accidental or Undetermined Intoxication Deaths
Average Daily Patients in State-Sponsored Treatment
Drug or Alcohol-Induced Crashes
Annual Overdose Deaths
Individuals in State-Sponsored Treatment Programs
Monthly Overdose Deaths
Drug Intoxication Deaths by Selected Substances
In-State Renewable Energy Generating Capacity (Actual and Projected)
Are We Meeting Our Goals?
Drug overdoses have become a serious public health challenge in Maryland and across the country. In 2012, there were 761 uninttentional drug and alcohol related deaths in Maryland, up 15 percent from 2011. More than half of those deaths involved heroin. To address these concerns and save the lives of our fellow Marylanders, the O’Malley-Brown Administration set a goal of reducing overdose deaths by 20 percent by the end of 2015. StateStat will be calculating progress towards the goal by tracking the number of overdose deaths, based on information supplied to the Virtual Data Unit by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
From fiscal years 2008 through 2012, the O’Malley-Brown Administration worked to expand substance abuse services by 25 percent by the end of FY2012. Data from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) show that we surpassed our goal by the end of FY2012. In FY2012, 22,431 patients received state-sponsored treatment in Maryland up 26 percent from 17,809 patients in FY2008.
Actions Taken Towards Goal
- This year regulations for the Overdose Response Program have gone into effect expanding the number of local programs training and certifying individuals to administer Naloxone, a live saving opioid antagonist. DHMH is currently working with applicants for these programs from around the state.
- Pilot Local Overdose Fatality Review Teams have been established in Baltimore City and Cecil and Wicomico Counties. The multidisciplinary teams will examine cases of overdose fatalities through a process of data sharing, with the goal of identifying potential systemic changes which could lead to preventing future fatalities. The teams began meeting in February 2014.
- Fully launched in December 2013, Maryland’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) monitors the prescribing and dispensing of Schedule II-V Controlled Dangerous Substances including the most commonly used opioid analgesics and makes a patient’s prescription history available in real-time to healthcare providers. Among other things, the PDMP will make obtaining prescription drugs illegally more difficult and will help prevent harmful prescription drug interactions.
- In 2013, all Maryland counties and Baltimore city submitted local overdose prevention plans to the state in an effort to supplement the statewide plan. DHMH is supporting the counties in their implementation efforts and tracking their progress.
- In 2013, DHMH began implementing the Maryland Opioid Overdose Prevention Plan focusing on: enhancing epidemiology; continuing to expand access to and the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment; supporting local public health action; addressing pharmaceutical opioid overdoses through clinical education/training, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and a Controlled Dangerous Substance Integration Unit; expanding the use of naloxone; and developing an emergency response plan in the event of an abrupt change in the prescribing, dispensing or use of opioids at the community level.
How Can I Get Involved?
- Click here to find out more information on Overdose Prevention
- Click here to find out information specific to Maryland's new Overdose Response Program
- Click here to find out how to dispose of unused or unwanted medications year round
- National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 26, 2014
- What is the Overdose Prevention Plan for my county?
- Alliance for the Advocates of Buprenorphine Treatment: An online patient/physician matching service for clients with internet access, including valuable information on consumer protection for clients seeking this treatment.
- Find a provider at Maryland’s HealthFirst provider directory.