Coast Guard concerned about drug crisis – Personnel receive training from drug-recognition experts

The addiction crisis is also affecting New England by sea, and the U.S. Coast Guard is trying to get ahead of the problem in the maritime industry. Crews at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England headquarters, in Portland, Maine, oversee search and rescue, safety and marine environment issues along the Maine and New Hampshire coastlines, along with Lake Champlain in Vermont and part of New York, too. The addiction crisis has also become a key focus for the military branch. The main reason for boarding fishing vessels and pleasure boats has been to make sure they’re operating safely, but crews also check for signs of impairment. Now, in addition to alcohol, personnel are getting training from drug-recognition experts. click here to read the story 12:11

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