Opioid Misuse

Heroin, Synthetic Opioids, and Prescription Drugs

opioids textUnfortunately, prescription drug abuse can often lead to illegal drug use.  Nationwide, among new heroin users, 75 percent report having abused prescription opioids before using heroin.1 

In Maine, opioid addiction is driving the state's overdose deaths.

Here are more quick facts:

  • In 2019, there were 380 drug overdose deaths in the state last year; 84% were due to opioids, at least in part.2
  • Cumberland County alone accounted for 25% opioid related deaths in the state.3
  • ​In 2019, almost 50% of primary treatment admissions types in Cumberland County were related to opiates/opioids.4
  • Treatment admissions among pregnant women in Many for heroin/morphine rose between 2014 and 2018.5
  • From 2014 to 2018, primary substance use treatment admissions among pregnant women in Maine for heroin/morphine steadily rose, accounting for 47% of primary admissions.5

Pregnant Treatment Admissions by Substance Type


1Heroin Overdose Data. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/heroin.html

2Source: Portland Maine Drug Death Summary

3Maine Drug Death Report For 2019

4WITS: Heroin/Morphine 611; Other Opiates & Synthetics 163; Total 1731

52019 SEOW: Pregnancy & Substance Use in Maine: Web Infrastructure for Treatment Services

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