STATEWIDE — The number of Mainers who have died from drug overdoses continues to grow.
According to the annual report released by the Attorney General’s Office and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, 504 people died from drug overdoses in 2020.
That’s a 33 percent increase over the 380 reported in 2019.
The newest figures released Wednesday show 30 confirmed drug deaths and 23 suspected in March of this year.
According to the report, 10 drug overdose deaths were confirmed and 28 are suspected in April.
Of all the drug deaths through April of this year, 76 percent were due to non-pharmaceutical fentanyl.
“More work needs to be done to fully understand the impact of the pandemic on drug overdose trends. We must act with continued urgency to ensure that all appropriate systems are directing those caught up in the epidemic to resources that will assist in rehabilitation,” Attorney General Aaron Frey said in response to the report.