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Dec 1, 2015 11:49 AM

Substance abuse task force panel to meet; finances on agenda

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A panel of lawmakers will meet in Concord as part of a legislative task force formed to address the state's growing heroin abuse crisis.

The finance and appropriations panel of the task force is set to meet Tuesday at the State House.

Heroin and opioid abuse has become a focal point of state leaders and Gov. Maggie Hassan has called for several measures to help fight the problem. Among other things, she wants to strengthen the state's prescription monitoring program, provide additional support to law enforcement, and streamline access to treatment and recovery services.

Nearly 300 people have died this year from drug overdoses in New Hampshire.

The task force is expected to spend six weeks developing bills that the full Legislature will consider in January.

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