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Dec 3, 2015 9:21 AM

Substance abuse task force to mull opioid prescribing rules

The Associated Press

CONCORD — The state Board of Medicine's rules for prescribing painkillers is again coming up for discussion.

Members of a legislative task force charged with finding ways to stem New Hampshire's opioid abuse crisis will meet Thursday to discuss the rules and membership of the board as well as policies governing the state's prescription drug monitoring program.

The task force will also hear from a Texas-based expert on the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice.

Attempts by Gov. Maggie Hassan earlier this year to tighten prescribing rules drew strong pushback from the board.

The task force is working through December to write legislation that can come up quickly for votes when the full Legislature returns in January.

More than 300 people have already died from heroin or opioid overdoses this year.

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