Governor: New Hampshire Must Act Now To Prevent the Spread of Crystal Meth

CONCORD - Saying we must act now to prevent this insidious drug from gaining an even bigger foothold in New Hampshire, Gov. John Lynch today applauded the legislative debate on initiatives to curb the growth of crystal methamphetamine production and use.

"In New Hampshire, we are seeing an increase in the production and sale of crystal methamphetamine, a horribly addictive drug that is ruining lives. Left unchecked, the growth in crystal methamphetamine use presents a serious threat to the health and safety of our citizens," Gov. Lynch wrote the House Health and Human Services Committee, which is hearing testimony this week on proposed legislation to address crystal methamphetamine.

"I look forward to an inclusive public debate on which pieces of legislation are the most appropriate for stopping the spread of crystal meth in New Hampshire, and I stand ready to work with you on this issue," Gov. Lynch said. "We must prevent this insidious drug from getting an even bigger foothold in New Hampshire."

In addition to following the work of the Legislative Caucus on Methamphetamine, Gov. Lynch's office is also working closely with the Government Leaders Methamphetamine Task Force, which includes the Attorney General's office, the U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The task force is developing a comprehensive statewide strategy to address crystal meth, scheduled to be completed in March.