Maine’s Opioid Crisis Continues to Worsen Amid Pandemic
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's attorney general says Maine’s drug overdose crisis has worsened during the pandemic, largely because of the opioid epidemic.
Attorney General Aaron Frey says a report compiled by Marcella Sorg of the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center showed that drugs caused 132 deaths in the second quarter of 2020.
That’s a 4% increase from the first quarter of the year.
Drug overdose deaths have also totaled 258 in the first two quarters of the year, and that’s a 27% increase from the last two quarters of 2019.