The New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) applauded Governor Hassan for signing two bipartisan bills as part of her efforts to combat the heroin and opioid crisis that the state of New Hampshire is currently facing.   NHHA President Steve Ahnen noted that, “This is a terrific step in helping to address the ongoing substance abuse crisis that is afflicting so many of our residents and their families.”

The two bills, Senate Bill 576 and Senate Bill 447, which increase penalties for the illegal sale and distribution of fentanyl, improve access to necessary treatment and recovery resources, and strengthen the prescription drug monitoring program, were expedited as part of the overall recommendations of the Joint Task Force on the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic. 

“We commend Senator Jeb Bradley and members the Joint Task Force, as well as the Governor, members of the Legislature, law enforcement, providers, advocates and others, for their collaborative efforts in addressing one of the worst public health issues we’ve faced, as well as their commitment to combat the substance abuse crisis.  We look forward to supporting the continued efforts of all stakeholders as our State continues this important work to ensure that our residents, providers and law enforcement have the resources they need to combat this crisis.”

 

Steve Ahnen is the president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association