Title

"Cover Story" piece on drug addiction in Maine. Maine Drug Enforcement Agency h

Authors

Chris Busby

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

1-11-2001

Pages

12-15, 1

Abstract

"Cover Story" piece on drug addiction in Maine. Maine Drug Enforcement Agency heroin arrests rose 40 percent in 2000, with seizure of the drug jumping 94 percent over the previous year. According to preliminary state figures, 31 people died of illegal drug overdoses in 1998, and 20 more drug-related deaths were officially considered "suicides." Mark Boesen, executive director of the Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs, noted that 8,373 adults were admitted for treatment in 1997 out of the 75,600 substance abusers a phone survey estimated to be in need. Funded by $750,000 from the tobacco settlement money, six adult drug courts will begin operating in the state in March. With details about other programs dealing with substance abuse in the state and how they are funded.

Subjects

Drug abuse

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