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Fmr. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley at a rally outside the NHDP convention in Manchester on Sept. 19

Oct 5, 2015 6:38 AM

Steinhauser: O'Malley outlines plans to combat substance abuse

NH1 Political Director - NH1.com

CONCORD – Martin O’Malley wants to reduce substance abuse deaths by 25% by 2020.

And to do that, the former Maryland governor and Democratic presidential candidate Monday is releasing a detailed national strategy, obtained by NH1 News, that he says he’d enact as president to expand and improve addiction treatment, improve recovery efforts, and prevent substance abuse disorders before they happen.

According to the proposal, O’Malley would develop and implement “a coordinated national strategy to reduce risky prescribing of pain medications, expanding access to effective addiction treatment, and investing in community resources for recovery.”

The first step, according to the plan, would be to establish “a national dashboard on overdose and addiction to monitor the problem, track our response nationwide, and target resources so that all Americans have access to critical services that support prevention, treatment, and recovery.”

The O’Malley campaign says the dashboard would guide $12 billion in federal investments and partnerships. The initial mission of the dashboard would be to reduce addiction to fentanyl. Deaths from fentanyl overdoses outnumbered those from heroin in New Hampshire last year.

O’Malley’s strategy also calls for stopping the over prescription of pain medication, expand access to treatment, and investing in community resources for recovery.

O'Malley outlined his strategy in an op-ed Monday in the Concord Monitor.

With the Granite State suffering from a heroin epidemic, substance abuse has become an important topic on the presidential campaign trail. Last month Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton outlined her proposals. And some Republican candidates, such as Chris Christie and John Kasich, often bring up the issue as they campaign in the first-in-the-nation primary state.


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