Bangor group hopes to buy 1 Narcan kit for every person who fatally OD’d last year

A Bangor health organization is trying to raise enough money by the end of the month to buy one box of naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote, for every person who fatally overdosed in Maine last year.

It’s the second year in a row that Health Equity Alliance has attempted the August challenge. But this year’s fundraising goal — $31,350 — is loftier than last year’s because the death toll has risen. In 2017, 418 Mainers fatally overdosed, up from 376 in 2016.

Bangor group hopes to buy 1 Narcan kit for every person who fatally OD’d last year