Drug Overdose Deaths in Maine
Purpose and Methodology:
This website provides a summary of statistics regarding drug fatalities in Maine. Data for this website were collected at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner. A drug death is identified when one or more drugs are mentioned on the death certificate as a cause or significant contributing factor for the death. These data do not include deaths caused by alcohol only.
*Note: this website is under construction and will shortly feature an interactive Tableau data dashboard.
Drug Overdose Deaths Occurring in Maine by Year Including Totals for Deaths Caused by Pharmaceutical and Non-Pharmaceutical (Illicit) Drugs
Number of drug-induced deaths in Maine, with subtotals for deaths caused by any pharmaceutical drugs and for deaths caused by any illicit (non-pharmaceutical) drugs. Most deaths are caused by more than one drug. Pharmaceutical and illicit drugs may be combined to cause death.
Analysis & Patterns:
Analyzing the data, two trends emerge: the increased impact of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs on drug deaths in Maine and the the decline of pharmaceutical opioids impacting drug deaths in Maine.
Deaths due to Heroin/Morphine and Non-Pharmaceutical Fentanyl and/or its Analogs, 2010 – 2020
Total drug deaths with subtotals for the number of deaths due to heroin/morphine and non-pharmaceutical fentanyl and/or its analogs. Although separate totals are provided for heroin/morphine and fentanyl/fentanyl analog fatalities, many deaths include both drug categories.
Total Deaths due to Pharmaceutical Opioids 2010- 2020