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During December 2021, there were 769 nonfatal and fatal overdoses in Maine, including 718 (93%) nonfatal and 51 (7%) confirmed or suspected fatal overdoses. The proportion of fatal to nonfatal overdoses decreased from 9% to 7% of total overdoses between January and December. Deduplicated data derived from multiple statewide sources were compiled to reach these totals: 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. 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.
Sorg, Marcella H. and Leidenfrost, Abby, "Maine Monthly Overdose Report for December" (2022). Health & Public Safety. 30.
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