Deadly overdoses in Portland this 12 months have already surpassed 2021 numbers, Portland police stated Tuesday.
Police responded to twenty-eight deadly overdoses from Jan. 1 to July 5, 5 greater than the 23 deadly overdoses they noticed in 2021. It was a “tragic milestone,” the division stated.
That’s round one deadly overdose per week in contrast with one each 16 days in 2021.
The numbers showcase the continued results of extraordinarily lethal artificial opioids like fentanyl, which is 100 occasions stronger than morphine. The vast availability of such medication have ravaged Maine communities rural and concrete alike, together with in Bangor, which had 140 suspected drug overdose calls to police as of late June, 18 of which had been deadly.
What is going on in Portland is in keeping with will increase in overdoses throughout the state. A report from the Margaret Chase Smith Coverage Heart on the College of Maine discovered a 20 p.c enhance in overdoses from January to Could in 2022 in contrast with that very same interval in 2021.
That finally resulted in 22 extra deaths in contrast with the identical interval the earlier 12 months and a whole bunch extra non-fatal overdoses.
If deadly overdoses proceed at their present charge, Portland may have 55 deadly overdoses by the tip of the 12 months. In a neighborhood that the U.S. Census Bureau estimated to have 68,000 individuals final 12 months, that’s round one deadly overdose for each 1,200 residents.
Complete overdoses, together with non-fatal ones, had been additionally at a quantity far above final 12 months: 238 had been reported as much as July 4, in contrast with 129 in 2021 and 128 in 2020, in line with an infographic posted by Portland police.
The division had seen an 84 p.c enhance in overdose incidents in contrast with this time in 2020 and 2021, the division stated.
“It’s clear that the opioid epidemic shouldn’t be slowing down and we’re on observe to surpass the report set in 2017 of 436 overdoses,” the division stated in a press release.
Of these 2022 overdoses, 99 (42 p.c) had been transported to the hospital and 41 (17 p.c) had been revived by police utilizing the anti-overdose drug Narcan.
Deadly overdoses made up 12 p.c of overdoses reported to officers.