AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage is asking legislative leaders to support his request for an additional 14 drug agents.
In a letter to senate president Michael Thibodeau and house speaker Mark Eves, LePage reiterated his willingness to call in the National Guard if the positions are not funded. The letter notes the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has made 20 heroin-related arrests in the past two weeks.
The governor further says there have been nine suspected heroin overdose deaths in the same time period. Legislative leaders have accused the governor of leaving drug treatment out of his plan to reduce the state’s drug problem.
Senate democratic leader Justin Alfond said in a statement released today that he is willing to work with the governor on a plan addressing trafficking, addiction and treatment. Eves accused the governor of reducing access to drug treatment to thousands of Mainers.
In a statement, Eves said the drug crisis would not be solved by a jail cell alone.