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: 
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.

Date: 
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.

Date: 
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.

Date: 
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.

Date: 
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. 

Date: 
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.

Date: 
Nov 30, 2015

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is launching an investigation into whether insurance companies are illegally denying coverage for substance abuse treatment.

Date: 
Dec 16, 2015

On Tuesday, December 15 the Joint Task Force for the Response to the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic issued its recommendations

The Task Force supports voting on the following before the end of January:

Date: 
Jan 12, 2016

Rep. Joe Hannon is leading an effort to allow needle exchanges in New Hampshire.  

Needle exchange programs allow drug users to turn in dirty needles in exchange for clean ones.  Ideally needle exchanges reduce the spread of diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C.

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