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Drug overdose deaths on the rise in Maine

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Three recent deaths in the Bangor area, all of them suspected heroin overdoses, plus a surge in trafficking arrests, is leading one police department to try something new.

Last year, more than 200 people died of drug overdoses across Maine. About half of those involved heroin or fentanyl, a synthetic drug with similar but stronger effects. 

Six months into this year, more than 100 overdose deaths already occurred, and more than half of them were the result of use of heroin and fentanyl.

A big reason for that increase is that those drugs are now easier to get. Captain Chris Martin with the Brewer police department said more time needs to be invested in educating young people about the dangers of these drugs.

The Brewer police department will be holding a forum on October 21 called "Heroin, Stop the Demand," which is meant to educate the public on the dangers of heroin and other drugs.