Apr 21, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has increased its estimated costs for the next state budget.

The increase comes from monthly payments for Medicaid patients with substance abuse problems.  DHHS estimates an increase of $12 per month per patient.  That translates to an additional $9-15 million each year, depending on the Department's caseload.

Jun 24, 2015

On Tuesday Hillsborough County lawmakers voted against funding a drug court in Manchester.

Several counties in New Hampshire have drug courts, which allow non-violent drug users to receive treatment instead of serving jail sentences.

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.

Jul 24, 2015

In a recent WMUR Granite State Poll, four out of five adults said heroin abuse is a “very serious” problem in New Hampshire.

Heroin abuse has also become a battleground for Democrats and Republicans in New Hampshire.

Aug 14, 2015

On Wednesday, August 12 Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) announced a working group to review and revise the licensing process for residential substance abuse treatment centers.

Aug 31, 2015

This year Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signed a law that lets family and friends of addicts get a prescription for the heroin overdose-reversing drug naloxone (brand name Narcan).

However, many pharmacies are not yet stocking Narcan or the atomizers that deliver the drug.

Oct 02, 2015

Three state Representatives – Rep. James Belanger, Rep. Jack Flanagan, and Rep. Eric Eastman – have requested 2016 bills to create a drug dealer registry, similar to the sex offender registry. 

Oct 26, 2015

On Friday, October 23 the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery voted to use state money to continue to fund “drug czar” Jack Wozmak.

The drug czar position – formally known as the Senior Director of Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health – was originally funded by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. 

Oct 29, 2015

On Wednesday, October 28 Governor Maggie Hassan (D) and Republican legislative leaders announced their legislative priorities to combat substance abuse.

There is some overlap in the proposals.  The Governor and the legislative leaders both support the following initiatives:

Nov 19, 2015

On Wednesday, November 18 the New Hampshire Legislature voted to create a special taskforce on opioid abuse.

The taskforce will recommend legislation for the full House and Senate to consider in January.

Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) proposed a comprehensive drug bill, but Republican leaders wanted more time to consider the costs and benefits of any legislation.


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