Governor names members of Maine prescription drug abuse panel

Posted Feb. 06, 2012, at 8:24 p.m.

Members of the Maine Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force created by executive order of Gov. Paul LePage will report every six months to the governor, the attorney general, the commissioner of public safety, the commissioner of environmental protection and the Legislature.

Members named Monday are:

Chairman:

Joe Bruno, president and CEO of Community Pharmacies LP.

Disposal:

Dr. Stevan Gressit, founding director, International Institute for Pharmaceutical Safety; William Savage, assistant attorney general; Greg Couture, assistant to the commissioner, Maine Department of Public Safety; and Pattie Aho, commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Diversion alert:

Darrell Crandell, commander, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency; Natalie Morse, prevention center director, Maine General Medical Center; state Rep. Susan Morissette; and Dr. Denise Theriault, Southern Maine Periodontal Associates.

Education:

Lauri Sidelko, director, alcohol and drug education programs, University of Maine; Jayne Harper, drug overdose prevention educator, MaineGeneral Prevention Center; Gordon Smith, executive vice president, Maine Medical Association; Melissia Petro, regional director, state government and legislative affairs, Purdue Pharma; and Neill Miner, project director, Southern Kennebec Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Prescription monitoring program:

Roy McKinney, director, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency; Brenda Kielty, special assistant to the attorney general; and Patricia Lapera, project coordinator, prescription monitoring program, Office of Substance Abuse.

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