Street sales of illicit and prescription drugs plague Piscataquis and …

April 5th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Dover-Foxcroft Police Chief Dennis Dyer examined on Tuesday some of the field-tested cocaine that his department obtained during an investigation in Dover-Foxcroft that is continuing. The cocaine has a street value of about $4,000.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The dour economy and the high unemployment rate in Piscataquis and Washington counties have pushed the rural areas to the top of the state list for street sales of both prescription and illegal drugs, say law enforcement and medical officials.

Deaths and near-deaths from unintentional drug overdoses, either the misuse of prescription drugs or a combination of prescription drugs and illicit drugs, are of great concern in both counties.

Two Milo residents have died from drug overdoses and two other Piscataquis County residents narrowly escaped death from overdoses in recent weeks.

‘’We have a significant drug problem,’’ Dave Wilson, Piscataquis County’s drug recognition expert, said this week in an interview. Wilson, who is stationed in the Dover-Foxcroft Police Department, said he recently was able to bring the first conviction in the state of a motorist who was driving while under the influence of Spice, a synthetic drug often referred to as “fake pot.”.

‘’The drug problem is here, it’s here to stay, and it’s going to take a collaborative effort between citizens, law enforcement and the

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