Dec 22, 2015 5:47 PM
Landrigan: What got left behind and why as NH Opioid Task Force wraps up draft report
CONCORD - Following those marching orders from the governor, the opioid task force wrapped up its draft report.
"To prevent new addictions and to help first responders and others fighting on the front lines of this crisis, legislation is necessary to save lives,’’ says Gov. Maggie Hassan.
The scorecard? 10 bills to come up for a vote on Jan. 21, 8 to be taken up soon after and the other 10 have to get in line with all other legislation.
The tales told were emotional and heart wrenching.
"We heard a lot of very sad stories, some positive about some who were able to conquer their addiction but then those who lost family members and loved ones because of this and it put a human face on really a state tragedy,’’ says House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff of Penacook.
The Senate president says the real work has only begun.
"The task force has done an extraordinary job,’’ says Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem.
"They have listened to everyone and now they are going to listen to the public in January and then we have the process of getting it through the Legislature in our committees.’’
Among those set aside? Creating a prosecutor to try drug dealers for murder, pay for addicts to get long-term care and to place a limit on painkiller prescriptions.
"I am glad a lot of the bills the governor proposed earlier are those that are being expedited,’’ Shurtleff said.