Throughout America, overall addiction and substance use disorder-related statistics are rising. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 public health pandemic in the beginning of 2020, Americans are dealing with higher rates of mental health and addiction issues than ever before. Both fatal and non-fatal overdose numbers are rising, the country’s opioid epidemic due to the widespread use of the synthetic opioid fentanyl is getting worse, and more individuals are reportedly misusing or abusing alcohol.

The alarming statistics and trends hold true for most states throughout the nation. Maryland, located right next to Innovo Detox’s home state of Pennsylvania, has seen a staggering impact related to addiction and mental health. For years, Maryland was known as a state with a horrifying opioid problem due to the availability of heroin. While recent government administrations, legislative agendas, and public health initiatives had begun to make a dent and a positive impact on addiction within the state, Maryland was not immune to the impact that COVID-19 had on the mental health and substance use of state residents. While prior to the pandemic there was some positive movement in addressing the state’s addiction epidemic and ongoing mental health issues of state residents, Maryland unfortunately saw a drastic shift in the numbers of people impacted by addiction and mental health issues since the beginning of 2020.

Some of the alarming statistics include both national numbers and the impact specifically upon the state of Maryland.

  • In 2021, there were over 100,000 fatal drug overdoses in the United States
  • In 2021, 76,975 of the over 100,000 fatal drug overdoses were attributed to opioids
  • In 2021, the state of Maryland also saw a rise in opioid-related and, specifically, fentanyl-related overdose deaths. Opioid-related deaths increased by 2.09% from 2020 to 2021, and fentanyl-related deaths increased by 3% from 2020 to 2021
  • There were 1,865 opioid-related deaths in Maryland in 2020 and 1,904 opioids-related deaths in Maryland in 2021
  • There were 1,731 deaths in Maryland in 2020 and 1,783 deaths in Maryland in 2021 attributed specifically to fentanyl
  • Opioid and fentanyl-related deaths nearly doubled all other drug-related deaths in the state of Maryland in 2021
  • Baltimore City saw the largest increase in opioid-related deaths out of all areas within the state of Maryland in 2021, with nearly 90% of all drug-related deaths in Baltimore City attributed to opioids and/or fentanyl
  • In Baltimore City, opioid-related deaths nearly tripled the amount of homicides
  • Cocaine-related deaths throughout the state of Maryland increased 6% from 2019 to 2020
  • Benzodiazepine-related deaths throughout the state of Maryland increased 7% between 2019 and 2020
  • Phencyclidine-related deaths (or deaths due to PCP) increased an astonishing 29% between 2019 and 2020 in Maryland
  • Methamphetamine-related deaths in Maryland increased a terrifying 85% between 2019 and 2020
  • Since 2017, alcohol-related deaths in Maryland had been on a positive and sharp decline. However, between 2019 and 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, alcohol-related deaths in Maryland shot up 34%

These alarming statistics regarding addiction in Maryland only demonstrate the numbers related to alcohol- and drug-related deaths. They do not account for the non-fatal drug overdoses or the staggering amount of Maryland state residents who are using, misusing, or abusing substances or dealing with major mental health issues, that often can be the catalyst for someone turning to and seeking relief through substances.

Fortunately, Innovo Detox is located right over the Maryland state line in Pennsylvania and easily accessible for those in Maryland dealing with substance use disorder and addiction. Our 24/7 medical team and 7-day-per-week clinical team is able to help those, regardless of substance or drug of choice, safely and comfortably detox off substances and begin a process of recovery. Nestled in the quiet historic town of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, Innovo Detox is located near the well-known areas of York, Pennsylvania, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Hanover, Pennsylvania. Our facility offers all the necessary amenities and creature comforts to make sure patients are comfortable and feel safe during their detox and medical stabilization process. Our chef and culinary team ensure that all nutritional issues are met, and patients are fed a 5-Star menu each meal. They can comfortably relax in our patient lounges and in single rooms with queen-sized beds and large televisions. Or they can connect with our patient community outside on the secluded patio. Most importantly, they will be taken care of by our medical staff to get through often difficult withdrawals with necessary medication, engage with our therapists and counselors to begin their treatment process, and receive necessary care and support from our 24/7 recovery support staff.

For Maryland residents, the impact of addiction is only growing, as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still resonating in everyone’s daily lives. The good news is that for anyone in need of help with addiction in Maryland, Innovo Detox offers accessible high-quality detox and addiction treatment services, and an amazing start to a long-term road to recovery.

If you or someone you know needs help for addiction or co-occurring disorders, please give us a call. Innovo Detox offers the latest in evidence-based medical, psychiatric, and clinical care for those in need of detox and medical stabilization in Pennsylvania and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic area. If we aren’t the best fit for you or a loved one, we will take the necessary time to work with you to find a detox, rehab, treatment center or provider that better fits your needs. Please give us a call at (717) 619-3260 or email our team at For more information on our company or services, please visit our website at