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Decrease the number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Howard County by 10% by 2025


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Objective Description

Substance use disorder is often accompanied by other co-occurring behavioral mental health disorders and may have a fatal outcome. Howard County Health Department’s (HCHD) Bureau of Behavioral Health provides life-saving opioid overdose response training throughout the county to help reduce the number of deaths from opioid misuse. Additionally, through services provided at the HCHD, Detention Center and Howard House, HCHD aims to connect individuals with counseling and services needed to combat behavioral health disorders to achieve better health outcomes.

Trend Analysis

Several factors influence the data related to opioid overdoses. There has been a recent decrease in reporting of non-fatal overdoses in the County, likely due to the saturation of naloxone and increasing numbers of those choosing not to report its use. Recent reports indicate a potential increase in fatal drug overdoses with fentanyl mixed with other drugs and the introduction of xylazine into illicit drugs. The health department continues to work with providers and community partners to maintain vigilance and education efforts to minimize fatalities.


  • Continued partnerships with government agencies and nonprofit groups through the overdose fatality review team.
  • Work with stakeholders to assure an adequate network of substance use disorder providers.
  • Provision of substance-use disorder or behavioral health counseling for individuals at the Detention Center or Howard House.

Source: Howard County Health Department

Detailed Analysis

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