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Oct 4, 2015 11:00 AM

Lawmakers propose creating drug dealer registry

The Associated Press

CONCORD — Seeking new ways to clamp down on drug abuse, three Republican lawmakers are proposing the creation of a registry system for New Hampshire drug dealers, similar to the sex offender registry.

New Hampshire is facing a growing heroin and prescription drug abuse problem, with more than 320 citizens dying from overdoses in 2014. The lawmakers proposing these bills say a registry would act as a deterrent and allow the public to know who the drug dealers are in their communities.

But several outside organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, say creating such a registry is unnecessary and unfair to people who have already served time for their crimes.

The bills will go through the public hearing process when the Legislature reconvenes in January.


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