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Aug 4, 2016 3:16 PM

Race for NH Governor: Van Ostern spells out drug crisis plan

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Colin Van Ostern says that when it comes to New Hampshire’s drug crisis, “the key is to understand that we’re fighting the problem – not the people with the problem.”

The two-term member of the Executive Council and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Thursday unveiled his plan to take on the heroin and opioid epidemic.

In an email to supporters Van Ostern said “our goal is not to fill our jails but to help our brothers, sisters, neighbors, co-workers, parents and children get back on track; and to give our health care providers, law enforcement, individuals in recovery and all those on the front lines the support and resources they need.”

In that email and in a conference call with reporters, Van Ostern spelled out his proposals, which include boosting resources to combat substance misuse and abuse, expanding prevention measures, removing barriers to treatment, and supporting and expanding recovery programs throughout the Granite State.

READ: Van Ostern's plan

With two-term Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan challenging Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, this year’s race for the Corner Office is wide open. Van Ostern is facing off against Mark Connolly, who served nearly a decade as the state’s top financial watchdog, and former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand, for the Democratic nomination.

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, state Sen. Jeanie Forrester, and state Rep. Frank Edlelblut are running for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

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