AUGUSTA – The Maine Attorney General’s Office’s released data today showing that 277 deaths were caused by drugs in January through September of 2019. The report forecasts total drug deaths for the year to be 4% higher than in 2018.

Speaker of the House Sara Gideon released the following statement: 

“This is absolutely devastating news. This data represents more than numbers – it represents our family, our friends, our neighbors. In every instance, at every age, and in every corner of our State, we should be doing everything in our power to save every life possible. And while we have made significant progress with the establishment of the Office of Opioid Response and initiatives to increase treatment options, today’s news is a reminder that we need to recommit ourselves to solving this crisis.”