The Maine Drug Data Hub is a collaboration between several state departments, the Governor’s Office and the University of Maine. The aggregation of state and community information on the hub provides resources, data, and visualizations to inform Mainers about efforts to reduce the harm caused by drug use and drug overdose and to track progress towards reaching the goals outlined in Governor Janet Mills’ Maine Opioid Response Strategic Action Plan.
The data, information, and resources available on the Maine Drug Data Hub is constantly being updated. Data sets, reports, and graphics are updated monthly, quarterly, and annually. New data metrics are added as they become available.
Measuring the Drug Epidemic and Response in Maine
The Maine Drug Data Hub contains dozens of metrics from public health, public safety, harm reduction, and recovery agencies. It connects data to the State’s priorities and the key interventions highlighted in the Maine Opioid Response: 2021 Strategic Action Plan. It also provides transparency of data regarding substance-use disorder and its consequences for the state. Below are 5 metrics that summarize how Maine is confronting the epidemic of substance-use disorder with evidence-based strategies. For more metrics navigate the hub using the links at the bottom of the page.
Fatal Drug Overdoses in Maine, January – July 2021
Source: Office of the Maine Attorney General, Maine Monthly Overdose Report for July 2021. For more on this metric see Leadership data on the hub.
Source: University of Maine, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, Maine Naloxone Distribution Initiative. For more on this metric see Harm Reduction data on the hub.
Maine’s Expanded Recovery Center Landscape
- Recovery Community Center Funded by Maine Recovery Hub
- Additional Recovery Community Centers
- Peer Run Recovery Centers
In Maine, drug deaths have been trending upwards since 2014 when the state first saw drug death toxicology reports containing non-pharmaceutical fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. Drug deaths had peaked in 2018 and began to fall in 2019. However the COVID-19 pandemic has created instability in the drug supply, use patterns, and the well-being of Mainers. Use the following link to view the monthly drug overdose report: https://www.mainedrugdata.org/monthly-overdose-report/.
Source: Office of the Maine Attorney General, Maine Drug Death Report, 2020. For more on this metric see Leadership data on the hub.
Source: Maine Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. For more on this metric see Prevention data on the hub.
Source: Maine Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Please note data for most recent month is provisional and will be finalized as more complete data becomes available. For more on this metric see Treatment data on the hub.
Maine Drug Data Hub recent data additions and updates
Data update 7-30-2021: The annual monthly overdose report for June has been uploaded. https://www.mainedrugdata.org/monthly-overdose-report/
Data update 7-13-2021: Monthly metrics for June updated regarding EMS naloxone administrations, EMS overdose response calls, and buprenorphine prescriptions. Metrics updated for May regarding naloxone distributed and reported reversals by the Maine Naloxone Distribution Initiative.
Data update 7-7-2021: The monthly drug death report for May 2021 has been uploaded. https://www.mainedrugdata.org/monthly-overdose-report/
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Recent substance use related press releases
On International Overdose Awareness Day, Mills Administration Announces Further Actions to Combat Opioid Epidemic 8-31-21
Attorney General Frey announces resolution with Purdue Pharma and the Sackler Family for their role in the opioid crisis 7-8-21
Mills Administration Statement on Drug Annual Overdose Death Report 6-23-21
For additional press releases regarding substance use disorder, the opioid epidemic, or related social determinants of health please visit the Maine Drug Data Hub Press Release Archive.
Two Ways to Navigate the Hub
The information in the Maine Drug Data Hub is organized around the five Focus Areas in the Governor’s Strategic Action Plan: Leadership, Prevention, Harm Reduction, Treatment, and Recovery.
The Maine Drug Data Hub is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) cooperative agreement. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CDC/HHS or the U.S. Government.