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Heroin Facts


Just under the surface of nearly every community in Maryland, heroin and opioid abuse is destroying lives. It is tearing apart families and overrunning local and state efforts to respond to what is a public health, law enforcement, and social crisis.

Dealing with the heroin epidemic in Maryland is an emergency that simply must be addressed. Consider these shocking statistics:

  • In 2013, there were 464 heroin-related overdose deaths, greater than the number of homicides
  • Between 2010 and 2013, cases of heroin-related overdose deaths increased by 95 percent.
  • Preliminary data for 2014 shows that heroin-related overdose deaths are on pace to surpass those in 2013 by approximately 20 percent.
  • Heroin and opioid drug dependency has more than doubled in Maryland over the last decade.
  • The number of deaths in Maryland related to heroin and opioid drug dependency has increased by more than 100 percent in the last five years.
  • Some parts of Maryland have the highest per capita rate of heroin and opioid drug use in the United States.
  • In some regions of the state, an estimated one in ten citizens are addicted to heroin.
  • The number of heroin-related emergency room visits has more than tripled in Maryland since 2010.

Figures provided by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.