Deaths from drug overdose are soaring in Baltimore County amid a nationwide opioid epidemic that has affected all walks of life. Yet even as overdoses, particularly those involving synthetic opioid fentanyl, continue to rise, local community leaders are serving on the front lines to combat the crisis, by providing services and access to treatment, and fostering hope, dignity and respect for those who use drugs.

In 2020, 322 people died from opioid overdoses in Baltimore County, and from January to September of 2021, 226 opioid overdose deaths were recorded.

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