Federal Agencies to Assist Maine Law Enforcement in Combating Prescription Drug Abuse

In response to reports that Maine has the highest proportion of residents being treated for pain pill addiction and a fivefold increase in pharmacy robberies from 2009 to 2010, federal agencies will join the state’s law enforcement in efforts to combat the prescription drug abuse problem. As announced by Maine’s United States Attorney Thomas Delahanty II, US DEA and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives will partner with local law enforcement in Maine as a “force multiplier” in pharmacy robbery investigations. In 2010 there were more than 20 armed robberies in Maine involving controlled substances such as OxyContinâ, as reported by the Sun Journal. Efforts to fight prescription pain pill abuse in the state also include promotion of the DEA national drug take-back day and the establishment of a prescription monitoring program.

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