Community partnership on drug abuse disbanded
SYDNEY — The Cape Breton Community Partnership on Drug Abuse has been disbanded, although the board chair, Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Myles Burke isn’t saying why, just yet.
The partnership was formed in 2004 as a response to a spate of prescription drug-related deaths in the region.
Regional police spokesperson Desiree Vassallo said Monday an official announcement will be coming from the partnership within a couple days. Until then, Burke wouldn’t be commenting.
“The release will come from the partnership representing all involved organizations, and at that point he’ll be happy to comment specifically from our perspective and his perspective as chair,” Vassallo said.
Burke accepted the position of chairperson of the community partnership on drug abuse in November 2008 when he became acting chief of the regional police force.
At the time, he said the model of the partnership — separate agencies working together sharing information — was a unique and successful way to accomplish the overwhelming task of ridding communities of drugs.