Date: 
Feb 02, 2015

Rep. Amanda Bouldin (D-Manchester) is sponsoring a 2015 bill to make the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone more widely available.

Naloxone (known by its brand name Narcan) is a nasal spray or injection that quickly reverses the respiratory arrest caused by an opioid overdose.

Date: 
Feb 17, 2015

In 2014 New Hampshire had a record number of deaths from drug overdoses.

According to the state’s Medical Examiner’s Office there were 300 overdose deaths in 2014, compared to 193 in 2013.

Several legislators are sponsoring 2015 bills that aim to curb the rise in overdoses. 

Date: 
Mar 09, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) said she will veto a marijuana decriminalization bill making its way through the legislature.

Last week a House committee approved a bill that would decrease the penalty for possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana to a civil fine.  The full House is expected to vote on the bill this Wednesday.

Date: 
Mar 09, 2015

The New Hope program, a new probation option for drug users at risk for committing new crimes, is being implemented by the New Hampshire Judicial Branch.

Judicial officials noted that the program is not intended to assist those with severe addictions or violent offenders, rather those who are drug users with the potential to find success with a chance for rehabilitation.

Date: 
Apr 07, 2015

On Tuesday the Senate is scheduled to hear testimony on HB 270, a bill that would grant immunity to someone who calls for help during a drug overdose.

To get immunity, the person calling 911 must provide care for the person who overdosed until help arrives.  The bill only covers drug overdoses, not alcohol overdoses.

Date: 
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.

Date: 
May 06, 2015

On Wednesday the New Hampshire House passed a bill that bans synthetic drugs such as bath salts and spice.

Synthetic drugs gained the attention of lawmakers last summer when dozens of residents entered emergency rooms after smoking synthetic marijuana, known as spice.

Date: 
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. 

Date: 
Jul 06, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) plans to sign a bill banning synthetic drugs.

Last summer Gov. Hassan declared a state of emergency after dozens of New Hampshire residents entered emergency rooms after smoking synthetic marijuana, also called "spice."

Date: 
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.

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