Nov 18, 2015 3:29 PM

26-member task force will discuss drug problem in NH hoping to pass legislation by January

The Associated Press

CONCORD - A task force charged with reviewing legislation related to the state's drug crisis will begin its work next Tuesday.

The majority of House and Senate lawmakers are supporting the task force, approved by both chambers on Wednesday during a special legislative session. Some lawmakers, however, say simply talking more about the state's drug crisis isn't enough. Nearly 300 people have died this year from drug overdoses in New Hampshire.

The 26-member task force will spend six weeks studying substance abuse issues including insurance coverage for treatment, drug courts, strengthening the state's prescription drug monitoring program, boosting law enforcement, cracking down on fentanyl dealers and continuing education for opioid prescribers.

Senate Republicans say they hope to pass legislation by Jan. 21.

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