Glimmers of hope, however a lot work to do on Maine’ opioid epidemic

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After years of rising overdose deaths, there could also be a slight glimmer of hope. Thus far this yr, the variety of overdose deaths in Maine is barely decrease than final yr.

Within the first half of this yr, 307 folks died of suspected drug overdoses, in comparison with 331 throughout the identical time the earlier yr. That’s a couple of 7 % decline. A document 723 deaths have been attributed to overdoses final yr.

As well as, there was a drop in overdoses in whole, from 5,155 within the first six months of 2022 to five,017 from January by June this yr.