AUGUSTA – Gov. Paul LePage is praising the work of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency after agents made 20 heroin-related arrests in the past 10 days.

LePage says their work is critical to curbing the drug “pandemic” in the state.

The Maine Medical Examiner’s Office reported nine fatal, suspected heroin overdoses in the same time period.

LePage says the drug enforcement agents need more resources and help and said he’s prepared to use executive authority to seek assistance from the National Guard if lawmakers don’t provide additional resources.

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