Com­mu­nity part­ner­ship on drug abuse dis­banded

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

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.

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