Heroin-related deaths are rising at an alarming rate in Maryland, which is suffering the fifth highest rate of death from drug overdoses in the country.
The opioid epidemic currently plaguing the country is driving a large surge in overdose deaths in the state, and it appears to be getting worse. Heroin-related deaths tripled from 247 in 2011 to 748 in 2015, according to data from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Heroin containing fentanyl, a powerful painkiller 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, continues to be a primary driver of overdoses across the country, reports WTOP. – READ MORE