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Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

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During August there were a total of 802 fatal and nonfatal overdoses in Maine, including 46 (6%) suspected and confirmed fatal and 756 (94%) nonfatal overdoses. The average proportion of fatal overdoses has been 7% January through August. Deduplicated data derived from multiple statewide sources were compiled to reach these totals. They include nonfatal overdose incidents reported by hospital emergency rooms (ED), nonfatal emergency medical service (EMS) responses without transport to the ED; overdose reversals reported by law enforcement in cases not also attended by EMS; and overdose reversals reported by community members, agencies receiving state-distributed naloxone. There are also an unknown number of private overdose reversals that were not reported and an unknown number of the community-reported reversals that may have overlapped with emergency response by EMS or law enforcement.


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