Health officials across Maryland are taking steps to counter an increase in the number of heroin related overdose deaths. That's according to Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. "We have been seeing an interesting and unfortunate trend. We're seeing a decline in prescription drug overdose deaths in Maryland, but an increase in heroin overdose drug deaths in Maryland," said Sharfstein. "I think the reason is because some people are getting hooked on prescription drugs and then they move on to heroin," he continued. "And that's extraordinarily dangerous."
A report released Wednesday shows that the number of heroin related overdose deaths increased from 245 in 2011 to 378 in 2012. That's a 54% increase.