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


CY20 Actual

CY19 Actual

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

Following declines in opioid fatalities over the most recent 3 years, the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to a rise in both fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses.


  • 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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