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:

Jun 03, 2016

House Speaker Shawn Jasper and Senate President Chuck Morse have agreed to hold a special legislative session June 16 to vote on a drug enforcement bill.

The New Hampshire Legislature had its last scheduled voting day on Wednesday, June 1. 

Jun 09, 2016

This week Sen. Kelly Ayotte and her Democratic challenger Maggie Hassan both called on an outside group to pull a TV ad criticizing Hassan’s response to the state’s opioid crisis.

The ad was created by an independent political action committee (PAC) called One Nation. 

Jun 16, 2016

On Wednesday, June 15 Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill that includes $1.1 million for state prisons and $740,000 for county jails to purchase body scanners.

All inmates, employees, and visitors entering a correctional facility will have to pass through the scanners, which can be used to detect smuggled drugs and other contraband.

Aug 23, 2016

Tuesday, August 23 marks the 26th Annual New Hampshire DARE Classic 5k Road Race, the primary annual fundraiser for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program.

DARE trains police officers to teach students about the dangers of drugs and how to resist peer pressure to use drugs. 

Aug 25, 2016

On Wednesday, August 24 Gov. Maggie Hassan released a report from James Vara, the Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health. 

The report outlined New Hampshire’s progress so far in the opioid crisis, from stricter penalties for fentanyl abuse to a statewide drug court program.

Oct 24, 2016

Thirty-five states, including Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont, are suing drug manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser (Invidior) for deliberately trying to prevent or delay the release of generic medications that would compete with their drug Suboxone.

Nov 06, 2016

The parents of a New Hampshire teenager who died of a drug overdose earlier this year are calling on lawmakers to create legislation that would make it possible for courts to mandate drug treatment even if a person does not wish to take part.

Nov 26, 2016

Earlier in November, a summit was held in NH for medical providers that focused on the drug crisis and what is being done to stem it. According to the state's Medical Examiner, 302 drug overdoses have been recorded so far in 2016.


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