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Maine's Governor Blames Guys Named 'D-Money' For Heroin Epidemic

Paul LePage, Maine's governor, is facing criticism after making what some are calling racial remarks when talking about the state's drug problem.

By Grant Suneson | January 7, 2016

Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, is facing criticism for what some are calling a racist remark he made while talking about drug dealers during a town hall meeting about the state’s heroin problem.

“These are guys that are named D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty. These type of guys who come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, then they go back home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave,” LePage said. (Video via WCSH)

After news of the remarks spread, the governor’s communications director denied that what LePage said was racially motivated.

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“The governor is not making comments about race. Race is irrelevant. … We need to stop the drug traffickers from coming into our state.”

Maine has had a problem with heroin, stemming from abuse of opioid painkillers like OxyContin in years past. Following a statewide crackdown on those prescription drugs, abusers turned to heroin, and drug dealers have started coming across state lines to fill the demand.

But it’s unfair to make the issue a racial one. It’s tough to know the statistical breakdown of drug dealers, but a 2014 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association said 90 percent of new heroin users since 2004 were white.

Gov. LePage has a history of making racially charged headlines. He reportedly said that president Obama hates white people at a fundraiser in 2013. (Video via WGME)

This video includes an image from Getty Images.

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