This Aug. 29, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York. Figures from a 2017 survey released on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, show fewer people used heroin for the first time compared to the previous year, and fewer Americans misusing or addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. Credit: Mark Lennihan | AP

HOULTON, Maine — For five years, Diversion Alert worked to combat drug addiction and promote ways to help those dealing with addiction.

But the statewide prescription drug abuse prevention program, which saw significant success in its efforts, has now disbanded due to a lack of grant and state funding.

Clare Desrosiers, the former executive director of the organization, said on Thursday that in the end, it was “the state who dropped the ball on the issue.”

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