Drug overdoses up 4% from last year, Policy Center research shows.

A report by Dr. Marcella Sorg, Research Professor at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, shows that fatalities due to drug overdoses increased by 4% compared to 2018. A preponderance of the drug overdoses were accidental and caused by illicit non-pharmaceutical substances. A NewsCenter Maine report highlighted the work of Dr. Sorg and noted that Maine’s Attorney General Aaron Frey “remains concerned” about these statistics. That story can be accessed here for more information.

If you would like to view the entire “Maine Drug Death Report” it can be accessed via Google Drive.