Prescription Drug Task Force: Meetings and Background

Executive Order 2012-002 [Executive Order Establishing the Maine Prescription Drug Task Force] established a Prescription Drug Task Force to:

  • Develop long-term controlled substance disposal solutions;
  • Implement a statewide Diversion Alert Program that provides prescribers with drug crime information from local law enforcement to assist in determining whether patients are legitimately in need of controlled substance prescriptions;
  • Develop and field an evidence-based public education campaign, with a unified message addressing prescription drug misuse, abuse, and diversion for statement dissemination in both community education and prescriber training venues; and
  • Conduct an active review of the Maine Prescription Monitoring Program, including the scope of access, utilization of available date, thresholds for notification, and mean to achieve near-universal use by prescribers and pharmacists.

Prescription Drug Task Force Members

Background Material

Upcoming Meetings

Full Task Force

  • January 29, 2013, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Rm 208, Cross State Office Building, Augusta
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    Purpose: A regular meeting of the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force. For more information, contact Martha Demeritt at


    1. Comments from Attorney General Janet T. Mills
    2. Subcommittee Reports
      1. Diversion Alert
      2. Education
      3. PMP
      4. Disposal
    3. Legislation Proposed to the 126th Legislature
    4. Update from MaineCare Medical Director Dr. Kevin Flanigan
    5. Roy McKinney, Director of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency - Report on Law Enforcement Trends
    6. Mike Wardrop, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration – Current rule making regarding the disposal of prescription medications at pharmacies.
    7. Heather Steward, student at the University of New England – Analysis and Comparison of Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Data by Multiple Methods; USA, State of Maine
    8. Membership Discussion
    9. Next Interim Report Due to Governor – February
    10. Action Items before Next Full Task Force Meeting

Diversion Alert Subcommittee

    Education Subcommittee

      Prescription Monitoring Program Subcommittee

        Disposal Subcommittee

          View details of the Combating Prescription Drug Abuse Summit, including transcripts.