Best Underreported Health Crisis: Overdoses

Opioid overdoses used to track closely with murders in Baltimore. If we had 250 murders, we’d have about the same number of opioid O.D.s. But that was then. Beginning a couple years ago, overdoses of all kinds surged, reaching almost double the also-burgeoning homicide rate. This is despite the herculean efforts of Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, who has gotten  the opioid antidote Narcan into the hands of all cops and thousands of other people so they can revive people flattened by fentanyl. City Paper, The Sun, and Cham Green all count the murders. The 694 Baltimoreans who died in 2016 from overdoses, many of them preventable, go mostly unheralded.

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