An update from Bethesda Beat indicates that while the death rate from opioid-related overdoses has almost quadrupled across Maryland in the last decade, deaths in Montgomery Country declined in 2018. Raymond Crowel, chief of Behavioral Health and Crisis Services for Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services, credits an increase in the availability of Naloxone as a contributor to this decline. The article includes more from Crowel:
Crowel said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the state’s opioid crisis is declining because prescription opioid painkillers are being prescribed less due to the state’s drug monitoring program. He said in the county, deaths have decreased due to the availability of drugs aimed at countering the effects of opioids.
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