MANCHESTER, NH – On Friday, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Representative Chris Pappas (D-NH-01) participated in a roundtable with the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Dr. Rahul Gupta, to discuss addiction prevention and treatment efforts in New Hampshire.
Gupta discussed President Biden National drug control strategy and newly funding announced $1.5 billion through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program. This funding makes the strategy a reality by providing states like New Hampshire with resources to expand evidence-based treatment, prevent overdoses through interventions like naloxone, and save lives.
“President Biden called on the Nation to unite to defeat the opioid epidemic as part of his unity agenda and outlined a comprehensive national drug control strategy to help us achieve that goal,” he said. Gupta said. “In New Hampshire, I was pleased to meet with the federal delegation, state officials, public health officials, and law enforcement officials on the front lines of the overdose and drug epidemic. hear about ongoing collaborations to address drug addiction and the overdose epidemic. To support these efforts, President Biden announced nearly $1.5 billion in funding, including more than $28 million for the New Hampshire This funding will help close the treatment gap for substance use disorders and expand access to naloxone to prevent overdoses, while we also work to reduce the supply of illicit drugs like fentanyl and to dismantle the drug trade.
During the roundtable, the Laconia Police Department gave an overview of its Prevention, Enforcement and Treatment (PET) program and the Manchester Police Department presented updates on the draft enhancement of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Intervention Team (ACERT), which provides services to children exposed to trauma. , including substance use, domestic violence and sexual assault.
The expansion of these two programs resulted from a recent US$4.6 million DOJ Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP) grant to the NH Department of Justice. Senators Shaheen and Hassan sent a letter in support of the request.
“Rates of substance use are alarming in New Hampshire and across the country, especially in the wake of the pandemic. The visit of ONDCP Director Gupta to Granite State today was an important opportunity to discuss support for organizations and law enforcement agencies leading efforts on prevention options and treatment,” Shaheen said. “I have also enjoyed hearing updates from programs working on the front lines of this crisis, such as ACERT in Manchester and the Laconia Police PET model which has expanded to other communities. We need a comprehensive approach to finally turn the tide of this epidemic, and I will continue to work with the administration and local organizations to support families affected by addiction.
“The addiction epidemic continues to ravage families and communities in New Hampshire, and it’s critical that we continue our state’s comprehensive approach, where we bring together law enforcement, medical professionals and community leaders to deal with this crisis,” Hassan said. “I am proud to have secured significant federal funding for our state’s response to this crisis, and I am pleased Director Gupta has joined us in Granite State to discuss how these resources are helping to connect people struggling with drug addiction to life. – save resources. I will continue to work with members of both parties to expand substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services in our state.
“No New Hampshire family has been spared from the addiction crisis. And we know there is no quick fix. We won’t solve this problem entirely on the treatment side, and we won’t solve it. not completely on the law enforcement side. We need to see collaboration at all levels to address this crisis and save lives,” Pappas said. “One thing is clear: community programs like ACERT and PET work and pay huge dividends. I pledge to fight for continued federal investment in these and other prevention, enforcement, and treatment efforts for people with substance use disorders. and their families.