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4,396 Mainers experienced a drug overdose death from 2010-2020 Q2

Dr. Sorg’s Drug Death Report for Q2 2020 released

AUGUSTA – The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and the Office of Chief Medical Examiner have released figures demonstrating that drug overdose deaths continued to increase in the second quarter of 2020. The report confirms preliminary analysis released by the OAG in July, and mirrors similar increases in other states. Attorney General Aaron M. […]

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Student job opportunity

Come work with us! We’re hiring a UMaine student employee for outreach and media work. The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center is seeking a UMaine student employee to contribute to its outreach efforts and public media presence via its website, social media, and print publications. The student will work on communication initiatives related to the […]

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Student applications are open for Maine Policy Scholars

Are you a UMS student with an interest in public policy? The Maine Policy Scholars program may be for you. In this scholarship program students carry out independent policy research, participate in colloquia, and present their research ideas and findings. Each student chooses a public policy topic and works with a faculty advisor and a […]

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Featuring municipal government interns

We hear from two of our fantastic summer interns serving in Maine municipal governments – Michael Levesque working with the Town of Vassalboro: My name is Michael Levesque and I will be starting my third year at the University of Maine Farmington this fall. I have been interning at the town of Vassalboro since June […]

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Graph shows the frequency of deaths due to non pharmaceutical fentanyl increasing since 2014 to an all time quartile high in Q1 2020 of 76.

Dr. Marcella Sorg’s Enhanced Drug Death Report released by Attorney General

The Maine Office of the Attorney General and the Office of Chief Medical Examiner have released figures from a report compiled by Dr. Marcella Sorg, a research professor at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. These figures demonstrate that drug overdose deaths significantly increased during the first quarter of 2020. Additionally, preliminary analysis of the […]

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Recipient of the 2020-2021 Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship announced

The Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year has been awarded to UMaine undergraduate student Tom Adams. Adams is a secondary education major from Falmouth, Maine. Building on his experiences teaching middle school and mentoring students in community service projects, Adams plans to carry out independent research related to civics education […]

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Summer internships are in full swing

The 2020 Maine Government Summer Internship Program welcomed 41 students placed in Maine state, municipal, and county government. The program offers full-time, 12-week work experience to student residents of Maine and those attending Maine colleges. The summer program is a unique opportunity for talented college students to work within Maine government. This year, 30 interns […]

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MCS Library holds first virtual ME National History Day

National History Day in Maine held their first ever virtual State Contest May 2-4. Nearly 700 students from across the state participated in one of three regional contests that took place earlier this year. Finalist from these events were invited to compete in the state contest that was originally slated to take place in-person at […]

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