NH House passes bills to combat heroin, substance abuse
CONCORD (AP) — House lawmakers support opening more drug courts and putting more police on the streets to target dealers.
A series of bills before the lower chamber Wednesday aim to combat heroin and opioid abuse in New Hampshire. One that's received approval spends $2.23 million on a grant program to support drug courts in the state's 10 counties.
Another gives the Department of Safety $1.5 million to spend on police patrols and the state forensics lab.
The votes come more than six months after legislative leaders declared fighting the state's opioid crisis a top priority last fall. Many of the bills generated during that special session have been mired down in the legislative process and slow to make it to Gov. Maggie Hassan's desk.