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NH Medical Society to address heroin abuse task force session

The Associated Press

CONCORD — Lawmakers working on ways to stem New Hampshire's heroin and opioid abuse crisis will hear from the state's medical society.

The society will address the legislative Joint Task Force on Thursday.

Gov. Maggie Hassan wanted a special legislative session on substance abuse but legislators instead created the task force to study it and draft legislation that can be voted on quickly when lawmakers return to Concord in January.

The panel is considering expanding drug courts, strengthening prescription rules, beefing up law enforcement, and streamlining access to treatment and recovery services. On Wednesday, it recommended eliminating preauthorization from an insurance company before an addict can get treatment.

Officials expect more than 400 people will die this year from heroin or opioid overdoses in New Hampshire.

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