Delegation welcomes bill to combat opioid crisis
Updated 11:59 am, Thursday, December 1, 2016
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Congressional delegation welcomes the House passage of legislation providing $1 billion in state grants to prevent and treat the abuse of opioids and other addictive drugs.
The Senate's expected to take up the bill soon.
Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says it's a step closer to getting critical funding to combat the opioid crisis that's devastating the state's families and communities. Last year, she introduced emergency funding legislation for police and providers focused on treatment and recovery.
Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster, co-founder of a task force to combat heroin, said she's especially encouraged New Hampshire would have broad discretion to use the funding. Republican Rep. Frank Guinta, group chairman, said it improves the nationwide response to the opioid epidemic.
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte said we're facing "the most pressing public health emergency of our time" and urged her colleagues to support the bill.