Maryland Drug Overdose Deaths Exceed Last Year’s Grim Tally

Drug overdoses now kill far more Marylanders and Americans than car crashes and homicides, and officials already know 2016 will be far worse than the year before.

There were 1,468 fatal overdoses statewide through September of this year, eclipsing the 1,259 deaths for all of 2015, Maryland’s health department reported Thursday.

The number has more than doubled since 2010 in Maryland, one of about 30 states to report such a spike, and the data link those deaths to a group of drugs known as opioids.

Fatal overdoses rose for blacks and whites, men and women, young and old, and in every corner of the state.