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Nov 1, 2016 11:22 AM

NH family petitions for involuntary commitment to treatment of drugs, alcohol

PELHAM — A family affected by a drug overdose is looking for New Hampshire to add a law to have someone committed involuntary to treatment for drugs or alcohol.

John C. "Bubba" Carter died of a drug overdose July 16, after being introduced to drugs at an early age.

Massachusetts and other states have a law allowing family members, police officers or doctors have have a person struggling with addiction civilly committed for treatment, a law that New Hampshire currently does not have.

Carter's sister Kailynd Biggar created a petition saying that New Hampshire needs a similar law which allows a person to request a court order requiring someone to be civilly committed and treated involuntarily for alcohol or substance abuse.

The petition currently has 3,794 supporters out of the 5,000 goal.

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