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Opioid overdose deaths down in Anne Arundel County

Posted at 4:34 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 17:37:51-05

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — The numbers are in for the total opioid deaths in Anne Arundel County for 2019 and they are down from the previous year.

In 2018, 164 people lost their lives to opioid overdoses and in the following year, that number dropped to 138.

County Police attribute that that safe stations, free narcan training and educating the public.

Moving forward, police want to emphasize education in middle and senior high schools.

"It's so much harder to get someone to stop using then it is to prevent somebody from ever using," said. Cpl. Jacklyn Davis, Anne Arundel County Police. "Our goal now is to relay drive home to out young kids, our school age kids, not to do drugs and here's why."

In Anne Arundel County or Annapolis, you can go into any fire house and say you need help and they will begin the process to a drug free life.