Some good news when it comes to the number of fatal overdoses in Howard County…so far…they are down in 2019 mid way through the year. Here is information I have obtained on the subject: (click image below to enlarge)

Information provided from Sherry Llewellyn, Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Chief of Police, Howard County Police Department. I always appreciate it when I can obtain data from resources.

The data from 2019 (so far) is very encouraging. Fatal overdoses down more than 59.1% from the same time frame in 2018…and the non-fatal numbers are down more than 10%.

This is the type of trend you want to see when it comes to overdoses. Hopefully this trend continues for the remainder of the year and into the future.

Be sure to check out this report on past information on the subject: “Howard County Executive Ball Releases 2019 Report on Opioids, In-County Opioid Deaths Down 25.5%”.

Here are posts from HCPD on Facebook on this subject:

From 2019 (so far):

OVERDOSES: The Howard County Police Department and Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services responded to four non-fatal overdoses in the past week. The overdoses occurred in Jessup, Marriottsville, Laurel, and Columbia.

2019 Year-To-Date Overdoses
Fatal: 10 (9 opioid-related)*
Non-Fatal: 89

*Opioid-related confirmed though autopsy. Some OD deaths are still pending autopsy results for opioids and/or other substances. Numbers may fluctuate.

If you or someone you know in Howard County needs help with an opioid or other drug issue, call 800-422-0009, 24-hours a day, or walk into Grassroots for screening & referral assistance, 6700 Freetown Road, Columbia. www.HoCoOpioidHelp.com #HoCoHelp

From 2018:

OVERDOSES: The Howard County Police Department and Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services responded to four non-fatal overdoses since last Thursday.

2018 Year-To-Date Overdoses
Fatal: 41 (31 opioid-related)*
Non-Fatal: 187

*Opioid-related confirmed though autopsy. Some OD deaths are still pending autopsy results for opioids and/or other substances. Numbers may fluctuate.

If you or someone you know in Howard County needs help with an opioid or other drug issue, call 800-422-0009, 24-hours a day, or walk into Grassroots for screening & referral assistance, 6700 Freetown Road, Columbia. www.HoCoOpioidHelp.com #HoCoHelp

From 2017:

OVERDOSE: Police responded to a suspected overdose death Saturday, bringing 2017 totals to 57 fatal* and 171 non-fatal.

*In fatal cases, some deaths are pending autopsy results for opioids and/or other substances. Numbers are not final and may fluctuate.

If you or someone you know in Howard County needs help with an opioid or other drug issue, call 800-422-0009, 24-hours a day. #HoCoHelp

I appreciate that the HCPD provides this information online and information about how to obtain help if needed.

Scott E