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

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.

Date: 
Jul 06, 2016

Starting July 1, Medicaid covers treatment for substance use disorder in New Hampshire.

Prior to that date, only participants in New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program were eligible for substance use disorder treatment.

Date: 
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.

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

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

Alcohol fund provides money for addiction treatment
Date: 
Mar 27, 2017

Last week the House Finance committee voted to repeal the Alcohol Fund and instead appropriate money for addiction treatment from the General Fund of all tax revenues.

The Alcohol Fund, established in 2000, sets aside up to 5% of liquor tax revenue for addiction treatment and prevention.

alcohol fund addiction treatment funding
Date: 
May 24, 2017

Last week the Senate Finance Committee voted to increase the percentage of liquor sales that go to the alcohol fund for addiction treatment and prevention.

heroin needle
Date: 
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.

involuntary commitment for drug addiction
Date: 
Jun 19, 2017

In Massachusetts, it’s becoming an increasingly common practice: relatives or doctors petitioning courts to forcibly commit addicts at risk of opioid overdose for treatment. In fact, Massachusetts Gov.

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