Drug overdoses continued to claim nearly one life per day in Maine during the first six months of 2018 despite intensive efforts – from the State House to sober houses – to slow the opioid crisis.
There were 180 overdose deaths in Maine through June 30, down just slightly from the 185 drug-related deaths reported for the same period last year, according to figures released Friday by the Maine Attorney General’s Office.
The powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl once again ranked as the top killer. Of the 180 deaths, 61 percent were caused by non-pharmaceutical fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, while pharmaceutical, or prescription, opioids caused 26 percent of the fatal overdoses.
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