Oct 31, 2015 12:40 PM

New Hampshire lags in substance abuse prevention, recovery

The Associated Press

CONCORD — Facing 258 drug overdose deaths so far this year, state officials recently made available 5,000 free kits of an overdose reversal drug and launched a public awareness campaign.

But to stem the state's drug crisis, advocates say the state must do more to prevent addiction and help people succeed in recovery.

Among New England states, New Hampshire spent the least on substance abuse per capita last year and is the only state without a network of community recovery centers. The state also puts no money toward diversion programs for at-risk teenagers.

Progress is being made: The new budget increases substance abuse spending by $13 million, Gov. Maggie Hassan wants stricter rules for prescribing painkillers and legislators say they'll focus on the issue in 2016.

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