Sorg’s Research on Drug Deaths in the News

The first half of 2017 saw 185 drug overdose deaths in Maine, according to data recently released by the state. Dr. Marcella Sorg of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center has tracked overdose deaths and trends for the state for years, and her research shows that the number of deaths linked to the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl continues to rise. The data compiled by Sorg also indicates the overdose antidote Naloxone was given to more than a third of overdose victims who died.

Recent reports on drug overdose research in Maine:

Bangor Daily News
185 people died in Maine from drug overdoses in first half of 2017

US News and World Report
Drug Overdose Deaths in 1st Half of Year on Par With 2016

For full report see the Maine Attorney General’s Office