Sep 30, 2015 6:29 PM

Landrigan: Jeb Bush finds Manchester leaders done with talk, ready for action on drug epidemic

MANCHESTER - Former drug addict Corey Currivan has some truth-telling for presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday.

"To see the look on his face, to say hey we got you a bed, which is like a unicorn in the state of New Hampshire, I will tell you that," Currivan, who's faced the challenge of battling the heroin and fentanyl epidemic first hand..

"Put them on a bus and send them to Massachusetts. We have no treatment here in New Hampshire," he continued.

Republican contender Jeb Bush didn’t expect a Kumbaya love-in. Instead he was met with many impatient to replace rhetoric with results.

"We must stop talking about it, and we must take action even if the action isn’t 100 percent right, it might save one life," said Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.

Public Health Director Tim Soucy echoed the boss.

"I’m frustrated, and I think everyone around this table is frustrated by what is going on," Soucy said.

The city’s top cop not shy about placing blame on the American Medical Association and big pharma pushing painkillers that can lead to fatal addiction.

"I don’t want to go off the rails, but I put it squarely on the medical profession, and I put it squarely on the pharmaceutical companies that work in concert to come up with this treatment plan," said Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard.

Manchester ends today a record month with 102 drug overdoses and 10 deaths.

"Believe it or not one person last week was rescued four times, one person three times and five people twice," says Dr. William Goodman, chief medical officer at Catholic Medical Center.

Bush said spending on drug courts and a mandatory pharmacy database pay dividends.

"We don’t have the excuse-me-for-living tax. We’re kind of a live-free-or-die state, but the things that are important you need to try and fund first," Bush said.

Governor Bush said from his own experience, this isn’t a presidential problem, it’s a state and a community problem and that’s where it will be solved.


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