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Heroin drives spike in overdose deaths in Md.

Friday - 7/25/2014, 3:53am  ET

It's a problem that's not getting better: overdoses in Maryland have spiked dramatically

WTOP's Kate Ryan reports

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland had a 33 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in the first quarter of this year.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a new report on Thursday that shows the increase over the same period last year is being driven by fentanyl-laced heroin.

The report says there were 252 total drug overdose deaths from January to March, and 148 are related to heroin.

Gov. Martin O'Malley created a state Overdose Prevention Council last month to address the rising problem.

The O'Malley administration had set a goal of reducing overdose deaths by 20 percent by 2015.


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