Combating the Heroin & Opioid Crisis

The heroin and opioid crisis is the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing New Hampshire, and Governor Hassan has been working with those on the front lines to ensure that they have the tools and resources they need to stem – and ultimately reverse – the tide of this horrible epidemic.

Governor Hassan put forward and is implementing a comprehensive strategy at the state level to help address the heroin and opioid crisis and save lives. She worked to secure $5 million in emergency funding for treatment, prevention, recovery and housing, as well as additional resources for law enforcement on the front lines through Operation Granite Hammer. The Governor also signed bipartisan legislation establishing a statewide drug court program to build on the success of New Hampshire’s existing drug courts. And she has worked with the Executive Council to approve more than $24 million in state contracts already this year to provide substance misuse services, including new initiatives to help connect individuals to substance misuse treatment and to expand access to medication-assisted treatment. The Governor also led the fight to pass and reauthorize the bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection Program, also known as Medicaid expansion, which has helped thousands of Granite Staters access substance use disorder and behavioral health services.

In addition, Governor Hassan has worked with her fellow Governors and the National Governors Association to push for a stronger federal response to support states, including passing critical emergency funding and increasing access to opioid treatment medication.

In the United State Senate, Governor Hassan will continue fighting for the resources needed to address the crisis, and has released a plan of federal action to build on New Hampshire’s efforts to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic and help save lives. Her first priority in the Senate will be passing emergency federal funding as soon as possible – and if Congress fails to act before the end of the year, Governor Hassan will make every effort to push for a strong emergency funding bill to be the first legislation passed by the next Congress and signed into law by the next president. In the Senate she will also focus on 1) increasing annual federal funding to support state initiatives, 2) strengthening prevention efforts, 3) expanding treatment and recovery programs for substance use disorders, and 4) supporting public safety officials.

Read the Governor’s full plan that she will take to the Senate to combat the heroin and opioid crisis here.