AUGUSTA – The year 2014 was the deadliest on record for drug users in Maine.
The Attorney General’s Office says 208 people died of drug overdoses last year, an 18 percent increase over 2013.
Fifty seven of those deaths were due to heroin.
The average age of those who died was 43, but the deceased ranged in age from 18 to 88.
Fentanyl-related deaths spiked from 9 deaths in 2013 to 43 in 2014.
Police reported that the increase in Fentanyl deaths were largely due to non-pharmaceutical Fentanyl being sold on the streets as heroin.
Attorney General Janet Mills said the numbers point to the need for a three-pronged approach to substance abuse that includes, education, interdiction and treatment.