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All Maine communities are affected by drug use and abuse. The availability of illegal drugs, diverted prescription medications, related crime, medical and legal costs and the lives they impact are evidence of this. Without an effective enforcement program to disrupt the drug market, the State is unable to undermine the ability of drug suppliers to meet, expand, and profit from drug demand. An ineffective program impacts the State’s ability to support prevention efforts by making initiation to drug use more difficult and fails to contribute to treatment efforts by eroding the ability of users to sustain their habits. The MDEA through its regional multi-jurisdictional task forces is the lead state agency in confronting drug trafficking crime.
The effective and efficient use of limited resources and personnel are essential. Every MDEA Regional Task Force works closely with the Maine State Police, the Sheriff’s Offices, and area police departments. Geography, population and caseload require that good working relationships, partnerships, communication, collaboration and information exchanges with all drug investigative entities working together to maximize the utilization of limited resources and personnel.
The MDEA, as a cornerstone of the State’s enforcement strategy to address drug abuse and trafficking, provides the administrative platform for the effective and efficient use of limited resources. It is through the MDEA that the skills, expertise, and experience of officers assigned to its task force groups are brought together as a statewide drug task force.
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