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.

Nov 30, 2015

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

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.

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.

Dec 20, 2016

According to a report released by the state of New Hampshire, stress is one of the leading factors in young adults turning to drugs. The survey was financed by the Federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration to help state departments like the Department of Health and Human Services better address the heroin and drug misuse crisis in the Granite State.

drug abuse needle
Feb 20, 2017

When asked about the most important problem facing the state, 44% of New Hampshire residents identified drug abuse, according to a recent poll

Maggie Hassan delivers first speech on addiction, substance abuse treatment, and Medicaid expansion
Mar 17, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15 New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan delivered her first speech on the floor of the Senate. 

heroin needle
Jun 19, 2017

On Friday, June 16 Gov. Chris Sununu signed SB 234 into law, allowing needle exchanges in New Hampshire. 

SB 234 allows community health organizations to collect needles with trace amounts of drugs and dispense clean needles, without any state funding involved.

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