According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2017, Maine was among the top ten states with the highest rates of overdose because of opioids. During that year, there were 360 overdose deaths, and synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl were responsible. During that same time, drugs such as heroin contributed to numerous deaths, yet the number of prescription opioid-related deaths remained the same. The prescribing rate for pain medication in Maine is lower than the national average. In 2017, Maine prescribers wrote 55.7 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons. The national average at that time was 58.7 opioid prescriptions per 100 persons.
During the first six months of 2016, there were 189 drug overdose deaths in the state, which was a 50% increase over the same period last year. In 2017 there was a total of 418 drug-induced overdose deaths, and around 85% of them were caused by at least one opioid. Between March 2017 and 2018, opioid overdose deaths increased over 11%, and the rate has been climbing over the past five years. During 2016, the Emergency Medical Services in Main responded to 3,328 overdoses within the state. Between 2013 and 2016, the EMS overdose response in Main increased by 22%. Adults living in the state between the ages of 26 and 35 were seeing a 57% increase in drug overdose deaths.
Opioids are dangerous drugs and responsible for countless overdose deaths each year in Maine. If you are struggling with an addiction to opioids, it is important to reach out for help. The drug treatment programs in Maine can help addicts and their families through any type of difficult addiction. Opioid abuse requires a medical detox, followed by some form of inpatient drug rehab. Most opioid addicts, whether they are using heroin or prescription opioids, make more than one attempt at treatment before they become sober. It is important to find the right type of drug rehab and attend a program that will meet your needs surrounding your addictions.