WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - On Friday Gov. LePage hosted a summit to address one of the most pressing Problems in Maine right now... drug abuse.
The message was simple, if we can cut out the drugs we'll see a significant drop in our crime rate.
"Drug use is driving the crime in this state. I'll say that again, drug use is driving the crime rate in the state", said Public Safety Commissioner John Morris.
A specific example of that is the number of pharmacy robberies occurring in Maine. Last year there were a record 56. Another major concern associated with Maine's drug problem is the high number of babies being born addicted nearly 800 last year.
The Governor met with law-enforcement officials from throughout the area during two sessions one in Westbrook and the other in Auburn. He said the message he heard was that the state is not doing enough to combat the problem.
"What I heard is law-enforcement is dedicated to solving the problem, I'm not sure the state is dedicated to putting the funds available", said LePage.
The Drug summits were mainly for the Governor to gather information. He says the tough work now begins. Creating a better strategy to combat the problem. One way you can help keep drugs off the streets is to get rid of the old, expired prescription drugs in your home. Saturday is Drug Take Back Day. More than 150-collection sites will be set up across the state from 10am until 2pm.