Jan 23, 2016 4:53 PM

Manchester police chief to testify in Washington about NH's opioid crisis

MANCHESTER - Police Chief Nick Willard is expected to testify next week in Washington D.C. before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the opioid crisis in New Hampshire.

"Chief Willard’s testimony will be valuable to committee members as they debate legislative solutions to support local efforts to address this crisis, and I am pleased he will have the opportunity to share his first-hand experience and expertise,” U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said in a statement. She will also speak to the committee on Wednesday morning.

Willard, in the same press release, said he was looking forward to speaking to lawmakers.

“What we need from Washington is a comprehensive and sustained approach to help improve treatment options for those struggling with an opioid use disorder, support for individuals in recovery, and adequate resources for state and local law enforcement who are on the front lines of this public health and safety crisis every day," he said.

The goal of the hearing is to learn more about what can be done to combat the growing problem of heroin and opioid abuse and what role Congress can play in dealing with the issue.

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