Nov 4, 2015 1:45 PM

Legislature to convene special session to tackle drug crisis

The Associated Press

NEWPORT (AP) — The Legislature will reconvene this month for a special session intended to address New Hampshire's substance abuse crisis.

The Executive Council voted 4-1 Wednesday in favor of Gov. Maggie Hassan's call for a special session despite some Republican lawmakers' objections that the state shouldn't rush the legislative process.

The council, which is made up of three Republicans and two Democrats, approved Hassan's request at a meeting in Newport. Republican David Wheeler cast the lone no vote. The session will start Nov. 18.

Hassan said the bipartisan vote proves that "combating the substance abuse crisis and saving lives transcends politics."

Among the efforts she has outlined include increasing penalties for dealing the prescription drug fentanyl; requiring state medical boards to revamp their rules for prescribing opioids; and strengthening the state's prescription drug monitoring program.

Gov. Hassan will be speaking on the heroin crisis LIVE on WBIN - TV Wednesday during NH1 News at 6.

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