AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is joining local law enforcement this week to discuss the scope and impact of illicit drug use and crime throughout the state.

LePage is hosting two Drug Awareness Summits on Friday in Westbrook and Auburn. He’ll be joined by Public Safety Commissioner John Morris.

LePage said in a statement that he wants to work with local law enforcement to see what action could be taken at the state level to maintain the state’s safety.

LePage’s office said substance abuse costs in Maine surpassed $1 billion in 2010 and that Maine law enforcement agencies have seen growing numbers of out-of-state drug trafficking organizations.

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