Healthy People in a Healthy Environment

Maryland OD’s Hit 920 from January to June

Baltimore, MD (September 22, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has posted to its website the second-quarter 2016 data report of fatal overdoses. From January to June, Maryland saw 920 deaths related to overdose, 319 more than this point last year. The report is posted at

To help raise awareness of the role fentanyl is playing in Maryland’s overdose epidemic, the department has filmed a public service announcement in partnership with Maryland Public Television that is being broadcast on stations in Maryland. The 15- and 30-second versions of the PSA can be viewed on YouTube at and

“We want to make sure Marylanders know that – if they are grappling with substance use disorder and are taking illicit substances – they are on the path toward overdose, possibly death, and they need to seek treatment right away,” said Secretary Mitchell.


To read the full release, click here.

The PSA’s are posted on the left side of our homepage.

To view the full report, click here.