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Maine’s opioid crisis continues to worsen amid pandemic

A report shows that drugs caused 132 deaths in the second quarter of 2020.
Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 2:49 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -

Maine’s attorney general says Maine’s drug overdose crisis has worsened during the pandemic, largely because of the opioid epidemic.

Attorney General Aaron Frey says a report compiled by Marcella Sorg of the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center showed that drugs caused 132 deaths in the second quarter of 2020.

That’s a 4% increase from the first quarter of the year.

Drug overdose deaths have also totaled 258 in the first two quarters of the year, and that’s a 27% increase from the last two quarters of 2019.

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