AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - In the rural towns and cities of northern New England, a rising drug-abuse problem is overwhelming law enforcement, impacting hundreds of infants each year and sparking calls to action by state leaders who say enough is enough.
Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage used his State of the State address to highlight the "the troubling epidemic" of drug use.
Vermont Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin dedicated nearly his entire speech to the rising abuse of heroin and painkillers. New Hampshire Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan also raised the specter of a growing drug problem.
Shumlin and Hassan urged lawmakers to focus on improving treatment and halting addiction before it begins. LePage offered a vastly different strategy focused primarily on bolstering drug enforcement to "hunt down dealers and get them off the streets."
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