BDN interviews Sorg for report on prevalence of fentanyl analogs in Penobscot County

Marcella Sorg, University of Maine research professor and director of the Rural Alcohol and Drug Research Program, talked with the Bangor Daily News about a recent study by Millennium Health LLC that ranked Penobscot County first in the nation for the presence of rare fentanyl copycat drugs in samples collected from patients as part of their routine care. The ranking was based on analysis of results from counties that submitted more than 10 fentanyl-positive samples to Millennium Health — a total of 181 counties in 30 states nationwide. According to Sorg, the results confirm the wide distribution of fentanyl analogs across Maine, but based on sampling protocols such as the number and location of Maine providers who use Millennium Health drug testing services, the findings may not present an accurate picture of fentanyl use in Penobscot County.