Overdose in Baltimore City

A Tragic Truth

Baltimore City disproportionally 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, sometimes two or three families, because of overdose deaths. In 2015, 260 of the Maryland’s 748 heroin-related intoxication deaths occurred in Baltimore City. 105 of the state’s 351 prescription opioid-related intoxication deaths occurred in Baltimore City. 78 of the 183 methadone-related intoxication deaths occurred in Baltimore City. And 120 of the 340 fentanyl-related intoxication deaths occurred in Baltimore City.

These trend lines continued in 2016, and the rise of fentanyl has further exacerbated this existing public health emergency. 342 of the state’s 918 heroin-related deaths in the first nine months of 2016 occurred in Baltimore City, as did 267 of the state’s 738 fentanyl-related deaths. These numbers show that Baltimore City is at 481 total overdose deaths for the first three quarters of 2016 —a 190 percent increase from 2015.

What the Data Say About Overdose Death in Baltimore City

Total OD deaths in Baltimore City

2012: 225
2013: 246
2014: 305
2015: 393
1/2016 to 9/2016: 481 (compared to 291 for 1/2015 through 9/2015)

Heroin-related overdose deaths

2012: 131
2013: 150
2014: 192
2015: 260
1/2016-9/2016: 342

Fentanyl-related overdose deaths

2015: 4
2013: 12
2014: 72
2015: 120
1/2016-9/2016: 267

Prescription opioid-related overdose deaths

2012: 74
2013: 86
2014: 84
2015: 105
1/2016-9/2016: 81