Sun Journal Cites Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Drug Death Statistics

In an article on a Greene family’s struggle and loss associated with drug addiction, the Sun Journal cited statistics compiled by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine and the Maine Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Research professor Marcella Sorg conducted the analysis that determined 57 people died from heroin or morphine overdoses last year — Maine’s deadliest year on record, according to the article. Another opioid, fentanyl, was behind 43 deaths in 2014, as opposed to nine in 2013, the article states.