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Nov 24, 2015 12:05 PM

Hassan promotes proposals to end heroin, opioid crisis

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — Gov. Maggie Hassan says New Hampshire can't afford not to invest in her proposals to end the state's heroin and opioid crisis.

Hassan was the first speaker Tuesday as a legislative task force on substance abuse started its work. The group will spend the next six weeks studying the issue and developing bills the Legislature will consider when its new session starts in January.

Hassan's proposals include strengthening the state's prescription monitoring program, providing additional support to law enforcement, and streamlining access to substance abuse treatment and recovery services.

She says significant changes are needed to reduce the over-prescription of powerful pain medication, and while she expects pushback from the medical community, there is no excuse for inaction.

The group planned to hear from physicians, law enforcement officials, and others.

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