- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s attorney general says the number of drug overdose deaths in the state is on track to be similar to last year, which was the worst year on record.

Attorney General Janet Mills also says deaths related to heroin and fentanyl are climbing. The first half of this year saw 105 people die from drug overdoses in Maine. Thirty-seven of those deaths are primarily attributable to heroin and 26 to fentanyl.

Last year, 208 people died of overdoses. Fifty-seven of those were primarily attributable to heroin and 43 primarily to fentanyl.

Mills says the statistics show that Maine’s drug crisis “continues unabated.”

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