- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

BREWER, Maine (AP) - The head of federal drug policy will join U.S. Sen. Angus King in Maine next week to discuss strategies for fighting the state’s opioid addiction problem.

National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli and King will lead a roundtable discussion at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in Brewer on Tuesday.

They’ll be joined by prevention and treatment experts, people in recovery, families facing addiction issues, health care providers, law enforcement officials and others.

The event will focus on how to improve federal policies to combat the drug epidemic.

King says drug abuse is a “serious and tragic problem that’s taken a turn for the worse in Maine.” He says policy makers must learn how they can begin improving the way they help those who face drug addiction.

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