Report: Fatal overdoses continue to rise in county
Fentanyl becoming a bigger issue
— Cecil County’s number of fatal drug and alcohol overdoses reached new highs in 2015, including the growing number from a newly emerging threat, according to a state report issued Thursday.
The county saw 32 fatal overdoses last year, an increase of three deaths, or 10 percent, over the previous year, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene report.
Of those deaths, 16 were
heroin-related, an increase of one death, or 6 percent, over the previous year. The 16 heroin-related deaths is the highest recorded Cecil County total by DHMH since it started tracking overdose statistics in 2007. Since 2010, the number of heroin deaths statewide has more than tripled, with 748 reported last year.
While Cecil County’s statistics rose, its increases were not as dramatic as other areas of the state. Harford County saw an increase of 16 percent in total overdose deaths, while both Baltimore County and City rose 29 percent. Cecil County was also under the
the 1400 block of Colora Road. The driver, Jeremy Benjamin Ellingsworth, 36, was traveling southbound in his 2002 Honda Odyssey when he crossed into the northbound lane and came back into the
right lane, said Lt. Mike Holmes, CCSO spokesperson.
Ellingsworth was ejected from the car after his vehicle drove down into a roadside ditch and rolled over, Holmes reported.
“It’s still being investigated,” Holmes said of the accident.
Then Sunday morning, officials with the Mary-
land State Police North East Barrack reported a crash in Chesapeake City that left one dead.
The accident occurred at 1: 33 a. m. on Sunday morning, according to a release from the barrack.
Andrew Charles Rively, 29, of Odessa, Del., was driving a 2007 Hyundai Tucson, traveling eastbound on Bethel Road, be-
fore Old Telegraph Road, when, for unknown reasons, he crossed into the westbound lane, according to police officials. Rively went off the road and hit a tree, and the vehicle overturned, according to police officials.
Rively was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.
The passengers of the
car, Delaware residents Christopher M. Pitcher, 29, and Alexis Casey O’Connell, 23, were injured and taken to Christina Hospital via ambulance, according police officials.
Bethel Road at Old Telegraph Road was closed for three hours for police to investigate, according to the release. The investigation is still ongoing.
The number of fatal overdoses grew last year to a new record high, but trained individuals, such as law enforcement officers, continue to save dozens each year as well.