Oct 24, 2015 11:49 AM
State to continue paying 'drug czar' when grant funding ends
The Associated Press
CONCORD — A key commission tasked with tackling the state's growing drug abuse problem has decided the state should maintain the "drug czar" job with state funds after a grant now paying for the position runs out at the end of the year.
The Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery voted Friday to use some of its $6.7 million budget for the position. The drug czar is tasked with coordinating the state's efforts around substance abuse and mental health treatment and prevention. The position will cost about $123,000 in state money this budget cycle. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is contributing $61,000 to fund the job through Jan. 1.
Although the commission endorsed the position, several members say they aren't sure the current drug czar, Jack Wozmak, is the right person for the job.