Date: 
Jul 22, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office announced a list of twenty-two measures recommended by John G. Wozmak, the state’s Director of Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health. Wozmak called NH’s drug problem “a profound public health crisis that affects the quality and availability of the workforce, drains the economy of resources and interferes with economic growth.”

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: 
Jul 30, 2015

The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee voted to accept a $112,500 grant to fund the state's so-called "drug czar" through December. John ‘Jack’ Wozmak will continue to hold the office officially titled Senior Director for Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health thanks to grant money from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, which provided the original funding to create the position. 

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 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:

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 11, 2015

The state drug task force is considering a range of legislation aimed at fighting the state’s growing opioid and heroin addiction problems. Among the bills is one sponsored by Sen. Nancy Stiles which would require public school students in grades K-12 to receive substance abuse prevention education every year as part of their health education curriculum.

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: 
Dec 16, 2015

After nearly three weeks of meetings, the Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Epidemic issued a final report, sorting roughly 20 proposals into three categories: those that would be expedited for a full legislative vote by mid-January, those to be considered ‘early’ in the regular session, and those that would be submitted through the regular processes.

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