Maine’s governor is threatening to call up the National Guard to fight an epidemic of heroin and other drugs if lawmakers don’t hire more agents.
Gov. Paul LePage made a surprise appearance in the Legislature on Thursday, telling panelists on the Appropriations Committee that there’s a “dire need” for a more robust response. He first discussed a potential role for the National Guard over the summer in a radio interview but he hasn’t said how personnel might be used.
“You either work with me and give me some agents, or I will call the Guard up,” he said.