Overdose in Baltimore City

A Tragic Truth

Baltimore City disproportionately experiences the effects of the opioid epidemic in Maryland. Every single day in our city, there is a newly empty seat at a family’s dinner table because of overdose deaths. The opioid crisis is one of the deadliest epidemics in U.S. history. Overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. The Baltimore City Health Department is dedicated to preventing overdose deaths in Baltimore City. Opioid overdose is a major public health crisis that Baltimore City is committed to combating. In 2017, Baltimore City saw 761 drug and alcohol-related intoxication deaths, 692 of which were opioid-related. This is more than double the number of people who died of homicide. Baltimore City now has the highest overdose fatality rate of any city in the United States.

What Does The Data Say About Overdose Death in Baltimore City

Total OD deaths in Baltimore City

2012: 225
2013: 246
2014: 305
2015: 393
2016: 694
2017:761
2018: 483 YTD (January - June)

Heroin-related overdose deaths

2012: 131
2013: 150
2014: 192
2015: 260
2016: 454
2017: 380
2018: 158 YTD (January-June)

Fentanyl-related overdose deaths

2012: 4
2013: 12
2014: 72
2015: 120
2016: 419
2017: 573
2018: 414 YTD (January - June)

Prescription opioid-related overdose deaths

2012: 74
2013: 86
2014: 84
2015: 103
2016: 628
2017: 692
2018: 442 YTD (January - June)