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Jan 4, 2016 12:00 AM

Are 10 bills submitted by the NH Opioid Task Force the solution for the heroin epidemic?


CONCORD - On Monday, the public and the N.H. Opioid Task Force heard testimony and feedback about the proposed 10 bills written in an effort to find a solution for the state's growing heroin epidemic.

The bills include making criminal penalties for fentanyl harsher - as well as requiring public school instruction in substance abuse at every grade level.

And people are wondering if the group's proposed solutions for the epidemic will work.

Sandra Trembly - who has struggled with addiction - spoke about her opinions on the matter.

Trembly and others are in favor of the bills proposed to curb the heroin crisis.

“It's easy to get drugs," Trembly said. "They're on every street corner in every place. I’ve got one kid - he’s 18, and his brother is a heroin addict. I can’t call the police, I cannot call them.”

Sharon Bilodeau shared her daughter’s story of addiction and testified that detection was an issue in her daughter's fight against addiction.

Bilodeau’s daughter, Mary, checked herself into the hospital knowing she had an addiction problem.

She said it progressively got worse for Mary - first being addicted to pain killers and then to heroin.

“It comes out of nowhere," Bilodeau said. "I didn’t know anything was going on until [my daughter] called me from Hampstead Hospital saying she was going to spend the night.”

Many who testified disagreed with the N.H. medical system, saying their problems with addiction stemmed from prescription drugs - and that’s where the task force needs to focus next.

"Your system doesn’t work for me,” Trembly said during testimony. “I don’t want to be a part of your system."

Bilodeau says she was happy to testify in the hopes that the task force can learn from her daughter's story with addiction and recovery.

The draft of the 10 bills calls for action on Jan. 21.

See the draft here.


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