Deaths from opioid overdoses increased yet again in Maryland last year. According to a new report from the statewide Opioid Operational Command Center, 2,385 Marylanders died from unintentional intoxication, of whom nearly 87 percent–or 2,114 people–were opioid users.
That’s up from 2,282 deaths in 2017 and 2,089 deaths in 2016. From 2013 to 2015, the number of fatal overdoses was 858, 1,041 and 1,259, respectively.
Counts for 2018 are still preliminary, the agency said.