AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Officials say Maine saw a 31 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in 2015 that was fueled by heroin and fentanyl. In addition, 272 people died from overdoses last year, setting another record following 208 overdose deaths the year before. Most of the overdose deaths, 157, were from heroin and non-pharmaceutical fentanyl; the other 111 overdose deaths were as a result of prescription opioids.
Attorney General Janet T. Mills called the figures “shocking” and noted that five people died each week from overdoses during the calendar year in Maine.
Further Reading: The U.S. Attorney for Maine, the Maine Attorney General, and the Maine Commissioner of Public Safety (known collectively as the Maine Opiate Collaborative) created three task forces to study various aspects of the opioid addiction problem. On May 6, 2016 they issued their reports and key recommendations:
Saturday, October 14, 2017
WHERE: NORDX, 301A US ROUTE 1, SCARBOROUGH
WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 11 AM - 3PM
NorDx will be hosting the Second Annual NorDx Fall Festival and Silent Auction on October 14th to benefit Operation HOPE. Look for more about the event in the near future.
In the meantime, NorDx is looking for the donation of goods and services to be auctioned; similar themed items may be bundled into lots to ensure the maximum potential auction price can be realized. No donation is too small. The event will be held at the NorDx Scarborough campus at 301 US Route One, Scarborough. For more information or to arrange a donation please contact Matthew Driscoll at NorDx at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 396-7905.
NorDx is a not-for-profit clinical laboratory based in Scarborough, Maine. As a healthcare leader in the Northern New England area, NorDx believes that community and charity involvement is not just a generous act. Rather it is our duty to support our communities’ health and wellness as a whole.