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Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

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This report, funded jointly by the Maine Office of Attorney General and the Office of Behavioral Health, provides an overview of statistics regarding suspected and confirmed fatal and nonfatal drug overdoses in Maine during the month of February, 2021. Data for the report were collected at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner and as part of the Maine Naloxone Distribution Initiative. This report is the second in a series of monthly reports to be produced within about two weeks of the end of the month, designed to improve transparency and timeliness regarding the Maine’s epidemic of substance use morbidity and mortality. Year-to-date numbers will be updated with each new monthly report, as cases are finalized, and their overdose status is confirmed or ruled out. The totals are expected to shift as this evolution occurs. In addition, due to the smaller sample size in each month, we expect totals to fluctuate due to the effects of random variation.


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