The Opiate Crisis Spreading Across the Northeast
The number of heroin-related overdose deaths rose 72% in Maryland over the first nine months of 2016. Compared to just one year earlier, prescription opioid-related overdose deaths spiked 17%, while fentanyl-related deaths nearly tripled. In response to the states ongoing opioid epidemic, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has launched new and aggressive measures.
Hogan announced last week his plans to introduce legislation that puts a seven-day supply limit on opioid prescriptions. It is widely known in Maryland that many people are turning to heroin as a cheaper alternative to expensive painkillers. Hogan’s plan also proposes felony prison sentences of up to 30 years for those involved with the sale of opioids or synthetic opioids that lead to an overdose death. Maryland is just one of many states battling this growing epidemic and at least seven states have also adopted tough limits on opioid prescriptions in the past two years, including Connecticut.
States across the northeast have seen themselves particularly ravaged by the opioid-abuse epidemic. Maine averaged more than one overdose death per day in 2017, with 378 deaths outpacing a previous all-time high of 272 in 2015. Officials blame the quick rise of fentanyl in the area for these extreme numbers. More than half of all overdose deaths for the year – 195 – were attributed to fentanyl.
The rate of deaths from synthetic opioids in Connecticut more than doubled between 2014 and 2015. According to a report by the CDC, death rates jumped 125% over the course of the year, second only to increases in New York. The report shows in Connecticut there were 299 heroin deaths in 2014, 390 in 2015, and 444 in the first half of 2016. Fentanyl was involved in 223 of the 2016 deaths, and officials believe it is making dangerous drugs even deadlier. Officials project that 446 would die in Connecticut during 2016 from fentanyl-related overdoses.
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