Steven R. Schuh Executive Director Opioid Operational Command Center Office of the Governor released the following message: I am pleased to share the Opioid Operational Command Center’s (OOCC) 2019 Third Quarter (Q3) Report. This report outlines Maryland’s most recent intoxication fatalities data, and it provides updates on key elements of our response to the heroin and opioid crisis that is devastating our state. Between January and September 2019, there were 1,574 opioid-related fatalities in Maryland. These fatalities accounted for 88.7 percent of the 1,774 total intoxication deaths in the same nine-month period. While these figures indicate that there was a 4.8 percent decline in the number of opioid-related fatalities when comparing the first nine months of 2019 to the same period in 2018, the decline was not as sharp as the 11.1 percent decline that the state experienced when comparing the first halves of the same years. This reminds us that we are engaged in a battle with an opponent that will only be defeated through sustained and aggressive action. Put simply, we must continue our work. This report highlights important milestones of that work, including the Maryland Inter-Agency Opioid Coordinating Plan, which is the annual strategic plan guiding the […]
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