Increased Drug Overdose Death Rates Touch Maryland Counties Large and Small

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2017 County Health Rankings Key Findings Report reveals the disperse effects of the opioid epidemic.

This year’s county health rankings report includes a new data set on drug overdose. The drug overdose death data for Maryland shows a range of between 7 and 42 drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 population.

Based on data from 2013-2015, Maryland jurisdictions with the highest rates of death from overdose include: Baltimore City, Washington, Cecil, Caroline, Kent, Baltimore County, Worcester, Calvert, and Carroll.

As John Kelvey of the Carroll County Times writes, some of the counties with the highest rates of death are sparsely populated,

From 2013 through 2015, 114 people died in Carroll, a rate of 23 deaths per 100,000 people, a rate Carroll shares with Calvert, Worcester and Baltimore counties, despite differing population levels. Queen Anne’s County is just ahead, with 31 overdose deaths per 100,000 over the three years.

For more on Carroll County, see Report: Carroll remains third-healthiest county, though shadowed by drug overdoses, from the Carroll County Times.

For more information about Maryland county drug overdose statistics, see drug overdose death data for Maryland from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.