Maine Likely Set Record for Drug Deaths in 2020
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is on pace to set a new state record for the number of drug overdose deaths in a year.
The Office of the Attorney General reported on Monday that 122 deaths were caused by drugs in the third quarter of 2020. That brought the total number of drug-related deaths to 380, which is 24% more than the previous three-quarter period.
The state’s high mark for overdose deaths of 417 was set in 2017.
The attorney general’s office said 83% of deaths were caused by at least one opioid, with non-pharmaceutical fentanyl remaining a major contributor.