- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Nearly two dozen of Maine’s top law enforcement and health care officials are joining Republican Gov. Paul LePage this week to develop strategies for combating the state’s drug epidemic.

Among those expected to attend Thursday’s drug summit are Brig. Gen. Gerald Bolduc of the Maine National Guard, Roy McKinney, director of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Bruce Campbell of the Bangor Area Recovery Network.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine said it was disappointed that law enforcement officials greatly outnumbered doctors and recovery specialists in the group. They also criticized LePage for not inviting defense attorneys or people who have experienced addiction.

Some Democrats and advocates say LePage is too focused on enforcement. LePage says there’s adequate money for treatment and has pushed for more drug enforcement agents.

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