AG Releases Drug Death Report for Second Quarter of 2020

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AG Aaron M. Frey.

Drug overdose deaths continued to increase in the second quarter of 2020, according to a press release issued by the office of the Attorney General and the Office of chief Medical Examiner today from the AG’s office.

The report compiled by Dr. Marcella Sorg of the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, showed that 132 deaths were caused by drugs in the second quarter of 2020.  This is a 4% increase over the first quarter of 2020.  The 258 deaths caused by drugs in the first two quarters of 2020 represent a 27% increase over the last two quarters of 2019.  82% of deaths were caused by at least one opioid.  81% of deaths were caused by one or more drugs.

The report notes that these increases are comparable to increases being seen nationally, which are partly attributed to factors connected to the pandemic, including “isolation, avoidance of medical services and alterations in the illicit drug supply,” wrote Attorney General Frey in the press release.

The report compiled by Dr. Marcella Sorg, of the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, showed that 132 deaths were caused by drugs in the second quarter of 2020.  This is a 4% increase over the first quarter of 2020.  The 258 deaths caused by drugs in the first two quarters of 2020 represent a 27% increase over the last two quarters of 2019.