June 03, 2020
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Report: Overdose deaths dropped 14 percent in Q1 in Maine

Mark Lennihan | AP
Mark Lennihan | AP
This Aug. 29, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Drug overdose deaths in Maine have declined about 14 percent in the first quarter of the year.

The report Thursday indicates there were 74 drug fatalities from January to March, compared to 86 the year before.

Attorney General Aaron Frey says he remains concerned about the opioid epidemic — and a shift to other drugs. The report shows cocaine-involved deaths were up from 25 percent in 2018.

Last year, overdose deaths dropped 15 percent. But the report’s author discouraged people from reading too much into the first quarter figures. The author said quarterly numbers have been known to fluctuate.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills is hosting a summit next week to bring together health care providers, medical experts, law enforcement officials and affected individuals and families.

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