May 04, 2015

The 2015 legislative session ends in June, leaving the New Hampshire House and Senate just a few more weeks to act on bills.  This week the House and Senate will vote on the following significant legislation:

May 26, 2015

Last week Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signed SB 31, a bill that revises New Hampshire's prescription monitoring program.

While the state's rise in heroin addiction has received more press in 2015, prescription drug abuse continues to be a problem in the Granite State.

Jun 02, 2015

On Tuesday Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signed two bills into law.

First, Gov. Hassan signed HB 271, which increases access to overdose-reversing drugs such as Narcan by allowing doctors to prescribe to friends and family members of addicts. 

"We must also do everything that we can to save lives when an overdose takes place," said Hassan. 

Jul 09, 2015

On Wednesday, July 8 Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signed a bill that grants immunity for anyone seeking medical help in a drug-related emergency.

To get immunity for drug possession, the person calling 911 must provide care for the person who overdosed until help arrives.

Oct 12, 2015

A bill proposed for the 2016 session by Sen. David Boutin (R-Hooksett) and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley would start a $2.5 million program to encourage counties to create new drug courts.

May 12, 2016

New Hampshire is going to start offering released inmates an injection that blocks the high from opioids and can help reduce cravings.

The drug, known by its brand name Vivitrol, blocks the brain's opioid receptors for one month. Many recipients also report reduced cravings, although there is not a clear scientific explanation for that.

Jun 02, 2016

Wednesday, June 1 was the last day for the state House and Senate to act on 2016 bills.  Here are some of the notable bills the legislature voted on:

Jul 06, 2016

Starting July 1, Medicaid covers treatment for substance use disorder in New Hampshire.

Prior to that date, only participants in New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program were eligible for substance use disorder treatment.

Maggie Hassan delivers first speech on addiction, substance abuse treatment, and Medicaid expansion
Mar 17, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15 New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan delivered her first speech on the floor of the Senate. 


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