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Jul 21, 2015 2:07 PM

Making Narcan accessible among opioid abuse recommendations

The Associated Press

CONCORD — New Hampshire's new "drug czar" has come up with 22 recommendations to combat opioid and substance abuse, such as making it easier for families to get Narcan, expanding access to treatment and boosting education and awareness.

John "Jack" Wozmak is the senior director for Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health.

The first recommendation is developing an implementation plan for the recently enacted legislation making the overdose reversal drug Narcan available to family members. Wozmak said while the Legislature authorized family members to obtain prescriptions for Narcan, the families are reporting difficulties in accessing and filling prescriptions.

Other recommendations include expanding substance abuse services to the existing Medicaid population, expanding drug courts and expanding health care provider education.


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