Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, University of Maine
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There were 48 suspected and confirmed fatal overdoses in May. The cumulative January–May total is 247, which is 20% higher than the same period in 2020. For the first time, we are also providing the minimum total of reported nonfatal overdose incidents, 575 in May and 3,174 January–May, compiled by deduplicating data derived from multiple statewide sources. These include nonfatal overdose incidents reported by hospital emergency rooms (ED), emergency medical service (EMS) responses without transport to the ED; overdose reversals reported by law enforcement; and overdose reversals reported by community members or agencies receiving state-distributed naloxone. The total number of fatal and nonfatal overdoses combined for May is 623, of which fatalities are 8%. There are also an unknown number of private overdose reversals that were not reported.
Sorg, Marcella H., "Maine Monthly Overdose Report for May 2021" (2021). Health & Public Safety. 17.
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