- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has conducted 50 percent more heroin investigations in the first 11 months of 2015 than it did during all of 2014.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1J8ddjO ) reports that MDEA Director Roy McKinney says the office is still putting together final numbers, including this week’s arrest of 15 people in Oxford County. The agency has investigated 369 heroin cases so far this year compared with 243 in 2014.

McKinney says the MDEA has shifted its focus more toward heroin.

Maine, like many other states, has seen a surge in heroin use and overdose deaths. Neighboring New Hampshire is expected to top 400 overdose deaths linked to heroin and the painkiller fentanyl, more than double the deaths in 2013.

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