Data Index


Index of Data Sources

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a survey that is administered across the United States by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to adults ages 18+. Through a telephone survey it collects data regarding health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. Each year BRFSS conducts more than 400,000 adult interviews. Use the following link to explore the 2019 BRFSS Survey Data and Documentation. The primary contact for data requests is Melissa Damren, Maine BRFSS Coordinator: melissa.damren@maine.gov

The Office of the Maine Attorney General provides naloxone to over 116 local, county, and state law enforcement agencies serving all 16 counties of the state. The overdose reversal data is self-reported by participating officers and departments in the OAG program. The primary contact to administer naloxone through this program is Brian MacMaster, Chief of Investigations, Office of the Maine Attorney General: brian.macmaster@maine.gov. The primary contact for data requests is Marcella Sorg, Director, Rural Drug & Alcohol Research Program, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, University of Maine: mhsorg@maine.edu

The Department of Health and Human Services reports annually on the activities of all hypodermic apparatus exchange programs operating in the State of Maine. The report consists of data from November through October of the previous calendar year and data are reported to the Maine CDC from the licensed Syringe Service Programs operating in Maine. Use the following link to download the 2019 Syringe Service Programs in Maine Annual Report. The primary contact for data requests is Lauren Gauthier, Infectious Disease Prevention Director, Division of Disease Surveillance, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention: lauren.gauthier@maine.gov

The Maine CDC Drug Overdose Morbidity and Mortality, and Opioid Prescribing Trends in Maine website consists of a series of dashboards that provide a multi-faceted view of the drug overdose crisis in Maine. Included are confirmed drug deaths by quarter, prescription opioid and benzodiazepine trends, and patient encounters in Maine emergency departments that Maine CDC classifies as suspected unintentional overdoses. This includes both fatal and nonfatal overdoses with various classes of drugs. Use the following link to explore the Maine CDC Syndromic Surveillance Dashboard. The primary contact for data requests is: syndromic@maine.gov

The Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) staff are responsible for the collection, analysis, and reporting of key MDOC performance measures. They promote data driven and evidence-based decision making and report data daily, monthly, and annually. Use the following link to explore MDOC Reports and Statistical Data. The primary contact for data requests is Joel Gilbert, Data & CQI Manager, Maine Department of Corrections: joel.gilbert@maine.gov

The Maine Drug Data Hub is a collaboration between several state departments, the Governor’s Office, the University of Maine and the Maine Overdose Data to Action program funded by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Hub aggregates state and community information and provides resources, data, and visualizations to inform Mainers about efforts to reduce the harm caused by drug use. Data is updated monthly, quarterly, and annually depending on data source reporting cadence. New data metrics are added as they become available. The primary contact for questions and requests is Daniel S. Soucier, Research Associate, Rural Drug & Alcohol Research Program, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, University of Maine: daniel.s.soucier@maine.edu

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) is the lead agency in Maine addressing drug trafficking. The MDEA provides annual data regarding drug-related arrests. Only drugs seized for criminal charges are listed and the data does not indicate what other drug or drugs may have been seized or found at the scene. For example, a drug arrest may have occurred for the sale of fentanyl but the individual may have also been in possession of methamphetamine. One limitation to this data set is that drug enforcement activities are resource dependent and resource driven. Thus, as more or less funds become available they are mobilized against emergent and high priority substance trafficking. MDEA data is an indicator of priority substances being targeted by law enforcement as well as an indicator of what substances are in the drug supply rather than an indicator of law enforcement activity. The primary contact for data requests is Roy E. McKinney, Director, MDEA: roy.e.mckinney@maine.gov

Maine EMS is a bureau within the Department of Public Safety. Maine EMS also contracts with regional partners in six defined Maine EMS regions to help oversee training, quality assurance, medical direction and EMS system operations. Maine EMS collects data from 293 licensed service providers located across the state of Maine. The primary contract for data requests is Darren Davis, Data Coordinator, Maine Emergency Medical Services: darren.w.davis@maine.gov

The Maine Naloxone Distribution Initiative (MNDI) began ordering and distributing state-purchased naloxone to community organizations, clinical sites, and end-users throughout the State of Maine to distribute free of charge. Data regarding naloxone orders, distribution, and successful opioid reversals are self-reported by four state contracted public health and harm reduction organizations and analyzed by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine. The primary contact for data requests is Marcella Sorg, Director, Rural Drug & Alcohol Research Program, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, University of Maine: mhsorg@maine.edu

The Maine Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), an office of the Maine Attorney General, investigates sudden, unexpected and violent deaths throughout the state. The OCME provides the citizens of Maine with comprehensive, scientific, forensic investigation of deaths that fall within the jurisdiction of the office. Drug death data is released on an annual, quarterly, and monthly basis regarding suspected and confirmed cases. The primary contact for data requests is Marcella Sorg, Director, Rural Drug & Alcohol Research Program, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, University of Maine: mhsorg@maine.edu

The Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) supports Maine’s children and their families by providing Children’s Development, Behavioral Health, & Child Welfare Services. OCFS reports data regarding child welfare, children’s behavioral health, and childhood education. Use the following link to explore the OCFS Key Measures Dashboard. The primary contact for data requests is Mandy Milligan, Office of Child and Family Services: mandy.milligan@maine.gov

The Maine Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) maintains a secure database that is implemented across the State of Maine to improve public health by providing data on controlled substance drug use information prior to providers prescribing or dispensing controlled substances. Data is submitted by Maine pharmacies, mail-service pharmacies, remote-dispensing pharmacies, and other dispensers including physicians and veterinarians. The primary contact for data requests is Jennifer Marlowe, PMP & IT Project Coordinator, Office of Behavioral Health: jennifer.marlowe@maine.gov

Maine Pretrial Services tracks data regarding Maine’s Co-Occuring Disorders Court, Family Treatment Drug Court, Adult Treatment Drug Court and other alternative sentencing programs. Data is reported to the Office of Behavioral Health and consists of program referrals, admissions, graduations, and discharges. The primary contact for data requests is info@mainepretrial.org.

Maine’s recovery data comes from several self-reporting organization including the Maine Association of Recovery Residences (MARR) and the Maine Recovery Hub. Data is reported through the Office of Behavioral Health. The primary contact for data requests is Michael Freysinger, Social Services Recovery Manager, Office of Behavioral Health: michael.freysinger@maine.gov

The Maine Statewide Epidemiology Outcome Workgroup (SEOW) provides data regarding substance misuse prevention planning. They provide data regarding substance misuse patterns and populations, establish substance abuse trends, detect emerging substances, and provide information for policy development and program planning. Use the following link to explore the Maine SEOW Dashboard. The primary contact for data requests is Tim Diomede, Research Analyst, Public Consulting Group: timothy.diomede@maine.gov

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is a nationwide survey that provides information on tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, mental health and other health-related issues. Information from NSDUH is used to support prevention and treatment programs, monitor substance use trends, estimate the need for treatment and inform public health policy.

NSDUH defines Illicit Drugs as marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including base), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or any prescription drug used non-medically. Dependence, misuse, or abuse definitions are taken from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and Serious Mental Illness is defined as a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that meets the criteria found in the DSM and resulted in functional impairment that substantially interfered with or limited one or more major life activities.

Use the following link to explore the NSDUH website.

The Northern New England Poison Center (NNEPC) serves Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The NNEPC provides free, 24-hour poison emergency and information help line, available at 1-800-222-1222, by online chat or by texting POISON to 85511. The NNEPC serves the general public as well as health care professionals. The drug categories from NNEPC are as follows: alcohol includes alcohol-containing substances such as mouth wash and rubbing alcohol; opioids includes buprenorphine, codeine, fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, heroin, Hydrocodone, hydromorphone, Meperidine (Demerol), methadone, morphine, Oxycodone, propoxyphene, stomach opioids, tramadol, and other/unknown opioids; stimulants/street drugs include amphetamine, caffeine tablets, cocaine, cocaine base (crack), dextroamphetamine, ecstasy, marijuana and other cannabis, methamphetamine, other/unknown stimulants/street drugs; These data are only reflective of cases in which the NNEPC was contacted for consultation. The primary contact for data requests is Colin Smith, Data Requests and Website Maintenance Admin, Northern New England Poison Center: smithc12@mmc.org

The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program provides near real-time suspected overdose surveillance data across jurisdictions to support public safety and public health efforts to mobilize an immediate response to a sudden increase, or spike in overdose events. Public health and community organizations can sign up for spike alerts to be aware and educate their constituents regarding rapid increases in overdoses occurring within their communities if there is a participating public safety department employing the software locally. The primary contact for data requests and spike alerts is Sybil Mazerolle, Substance-Use Disorder Program Manager, Office of Behavioral Health: sybil.mazerolle@maine.gov

After each National Prescription Drug Take Back Day the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration’s Diversion Control Division publishes the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Collection Results. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for misuse of medications. Reports are published annually or semi-annually. Use the following link to access the DEA Diversion Website for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.


Maine Drug Data Hub Metric Summary Table

This data metric summary table provides an index of data metrics located on the hub as well as an at-a-glance look at each of the metrics being tracked on the Maine Drug Data Hub. The metrics are divided into the five focus areas of the Maine Opioid Crisis Strategic Action Plan: Leadership, Prevention, Harm Reduction, Treatment, and Recovery. 

Each metric on the Maine Drug Data Hub is updated on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis depending on when data reports are compiled and data are released. Located on the data table is the most recent time period for the metric, the most current provisional data, and the most current year-to-date totals. Hyperlinks are provided to direct users to metrics within the hub for further data exploration.

MetricFocus AreaAgencyLatest Data SetMost Recent DataYear-to-Date Total
Number of Overdose DeathsLeadershipOCMEQ1 2021155399
Deaths Due to Non-pharmaceutical fentanyl or fentanyl analogsLeadershipOCME2020336336
Grams of Drugs Seized by Maine Drug Enforcement AgencyPreventionMDEAFebruary 20211,4132,598
Pharmaceutical Dosage Units Seized by Maine Drug Enforcement AgencyPreventionMDEA20203,5243,524
Drug Arrests Made by Maine Drug Enforcement AgencyPreventionMDEA2020380380
Morphine Milligram Equivalents Prescribed in MainePreventionOBHQ3 2021130,854,039360,779,237
Opioid Prescriptions in MainePreventionOBHQ3 2021160,000463,000
Patients Prescribed Opioids PreventionOBHQ3 202167,000N/A
Doses of State-Supplied Naloxone DistributedHarm ReductionUMaineSeptember 20218,70457,250
Total Enrollees in Syringe Access ProgramsHarm ReductionME CDC20205,7305,730
Total Number of Exchanges at Syringe Access ProgramsHarm ReductionME CDC202016,63416,634
Service referrals made by Syringe Access ProgramsHarm ReductionME CDC20202,6072,607
EMS Incidents Requiring Naloxone AdministrationHarm ReductionME EMS20201,3651,365
Suspected Drug Overdose in Maine Emergency Departments (Fatal and Nonfatal)Harm ReductionME CDCQ3 20211,2533,356
Mainers over the age of twelve suffering from substance-use disorderTreatmentNSDUH2016-20188.64%8.64%
MaineCare claims for substance-use disorderTreatmentOBH201922,08022,080
Mainers with substance-use disorder who did not receive treatmentTreatmentNSDUH2016-20188.04%8.04%
The number of Maine Department of Corrections clients receiving Medication-Assisted TreatmentTreatmentMDOC2019115115
Percent of Maine Department of Corrections clients who attended community treatment post incarceration TreatmentMDOC201984%84%
Percent of Maine Department of Corrections clients enrolled in Medication-Assisted Treatment who received naloxone at their releaseTreatmentMDOC2020100%100%
Substance-use education and prevention programs completed by Maine Department of Corrections clientsTreatmentMDOC20201,2081,208
Number of Recovery Community CentersRecoveryOBH20211414
Number of Deaths Caused by Cocaine or Methamphetamine Alone or in Combination with other DrugsLeadershipOCME2020217217
Number of Deaths Caused by Benzodiazepines Alone or in Combination with other DrugsLeadershipOCME20208484
Nonfatal overdoses and naloxone administrations Emergency Departments, Law Enforcement, Public Health, EMS, and Harm Reduction ProgramsHarm ReductionUMaineAugust 20217565,410
Cumulative Opioid Overdose Reversals Reported by Community PartnersHarm ReductionUMaineSeptember 20212,8362,836
Monthly Opioid Overdose Reversals Reported by Community PartnersHarm ReductionUMaineSeptember 20212781,484
Benzodiazepines Prescriptions in MainePreventionOBHQ3 2021116,020330,290
Patients Prescribed BenzodiazepinesPreventionOBHQ3 202156,953N/A
Syringes Distributed by Syringes Access ProgramsHarm ReductionME CDC20201,666,2801,666,280
Syringes Collected by Syringe Access ProgramsHarm ReductionME CDC20201,310,5241,310,524
Total Syringes Exchanged by Syringe Access ProgramsHarm ReductionME CDC20202,976,8042,976,804
Pounds of Prescription Drugs Collected at MDEA Take Back Day PreventionDEAApril 202127,34027,340
Suspected and Confirmed Monthly Fatal OverdosesLeadershipOCMEAugust 202146399
Distribution of Monthly Drug Deaths by Maine CountyLeadershipOCMEAugust 2021VariedVaried
Age Composition of Monthly Overdose DecedentsLeadershipOCMEAugust 2021VariedVaried
Sex Composition of Monthly Overdose DecedentsLeadershipOCMEAugust 2021VariedVaried
EMS Responding Alone to Fatal OverdosesLeadershipOCMEAugust 2021317
Law Enforcement Responding Alone to Fatal OverdosesLeadershipOCMEAugust 2021875
EMS and Law Enforcement Co-responding to Fatal OverdosesLeadershipOCMEAugust 202135306
Number of Monthly Fatal Overdoses Ruled an AccidentLeadershipOCMEAugust 202140381
Number of Monthly Fatal Overdoses Ruled a SuicideLeadershipOCMEAugust 2021613
Number of Decedents Administered NaloxoneLeadershipOCMEAugust 202120154
Number of Decedents Administered Naloxone by Bystanders OnlyLeadershipOCMEAugust 2021123
Number of Decedents Administered Naloxone by Law Enforcement OnlyLeadershipOCMEAugust 2021316
Number of Decedents Administered Naloxone by EMS OnlyLeadershipOCMEAugust 2021858
Number of Decedents Administered Naloxone by Both EMS and Law EnforcementLeadershipOCMEAugust 2021015
Number of Decedents Administered Naloxone by Both EMS and a BystanderLeadershipOCMEAugust 2021413
Monthly Number of Nonfatal OverdosesLeadershipUMaineAugust 20217565,410
Opiates prescribed electronically PreventionOBH2020566,686566,686
Opiates prescribed non-electronically PreventionOBH202065,37765,377
Number of Hits on Maine Drug Data HubLeadershipUMaineOctober 202142,294379,662
EMS Response Calls for Overdoses (all drugs)Harm ReductionME EMSOctober 20211,22711,032
EMS Response Calls Where Naloxone Was Administered by CountyHarm ReductionME EMS2020VariousVarious
Number of buprenorphine prescriptionsTreatmentOBHSeptember 202127,044N/A
Number of individuals admitted to Maine drug courtsRecoveryOBHQ2 20212450
Number of individuals not admitted to Maine drug courtsRecoveryOBHQ2 20212033
Number of individuals graduating from Maine drug courtsRecoveryOBHQ2 20211531
EMS Incidents Requiring Naloxone Administration, Past 12 MonthsHarm ReductionME EMSOctober 20211891,497
Number of residents admitted into MDOC institutions assessed as having SUD treatment needsTreatmentMDOC2020613613
Percent of residents admitted into MDOC institutions assessed as having SUD treatment needsTreatmentMDOC2020varied by sexvaried by sex
Number of MDOC residents transitioned to the community with a community treatment providerTreatmentMDOC2020532532
Number of MDOC residents active in treatment at a correctional facilityTreatmentMDOCDecember 2020186186
Number of individuals admitted to corrections with a primary sentence for a drug crimePreventionMDOC2020127127
Patients Prescribed StimulantsPreventionOBHQ3 202134,570N/A
Number of Stimulant PrescriptionsPreventionOBHQ3 202189,513254,175
Number of Babies born exposed/affected to substancesTreatmentOCFS2020901901
Percent of Babies born exposed/affected to substances by CountyTreatmentOCFS20207.7% Statewide7.7% Statewide
Referrals to community-based SUD treatment by OPTIONS LiaisonsLeadershipOBHAugust 202140218
Referrals to community-based Recovery Supports by OPTIONS LiaisonsLeadershipOBHAugust 202138234
Referrals to Syringe Service Programs by OPTIONS LiaisonsLeadershipOBHAugust 20211195
Referrals to HIV/Hepatitis Testing by OPTIONS LiaisonsLeadershipOBHAugust 20211066
Referrals to MaineMOM by OPTIONS LiaisonsLeadershipOBHAugust 202124
Kits of Naloxone Distributed by OPTIONS LiaisonsLeadershipOBHAugust 2021226645
Number of Peer Run Recovery CentersRecoveryOBH20211111
New Enrollees in Syringe Access ProgramsHarm ReductionME CDC2020707707
Number of monthly refill buprenorphine prescriptionsTreatmentOBHSeptember 202121,954N/A
Number of monthly new buprenorphine prescriptionsTreatmentOBHSeptember 20219,065N/A
Service referrals made to primary care providers by Syringe Access ProgramsHarm ReductionME CDC20202020
Service referrals to STD. clinics made by Syringe Access ProgramsHarm ReductionME CDC202011
Number of Decedents Year to Date Identified as WhiteLeadershipOCMEJan-Aug 2021371371
Number of Decedents Year to Date Identified as Black of African AmericanLeadershipOCMEJan-Aug 20211717
Number of Decedents Year to Date Identified as American Indian or Alaska NativeLeadershipOCMEJan-Aug 202199
Number of Decedents Year to Date Identified as Not HispanicLeadershipOCMEJan-Aug 2021391391
Number of Decedents Year to Date Identified as HispanicLeadershipOCMEJan-Aug 202122
Number of Decedents Year to Date with a Military BackgroundLeadershipOCMEJan-Aug 20212727
Number of Decedents Year to Date With Prior Overdose HistoryLeadershipOCMEJan-Aug 2021138138
Number of Decedents Year to Date Experiencing HomelessnessLeadershipOCMEJan-Aug 20213131
Percent of people that attend their first appointment with a community treatment provider after being referred by an OPTIONS LiaisonLeadershipOBHJan-Aug 202191.3% (199 appointments)91.3% (199 appointments)

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