- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage is bringing together top law enforcement officials, substance abuse treatment advocates and other experts to try to address Maine’s growing drug problem.

LePage said Wednesday that he will hold a summit this month designed to develop new ways to fight heroin trafficking and addiction in Maine.

LePage’s announcement comes after law enforcement officials said that at least 14 people overdosed on heroin and other opiates last weekend in Portland.

In a letter Wednesday, LePage urged Senate President Mike Thibodeau and House Speaker Mark Eves to fund additional drug enforcement agents, saying more resources are needed to fight the drug epidemic.

Eves says the budget lawmakers passed this year will fund up to six new agents and two new drug prosecutors focused on major drug crimes.

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