The New Hampshire Senate
Republican Majority Office
GOP Senators led charge in 2012
Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) and Senator John Reagan (R-Deerfield) applauded the start of the prescription drug monitoring program two years after sponsoring the legislation.
“I could not be more proud of the hard working stake holders behind the scenes that have worked to make this program a reality in order to address the very real public health issue of prescription drug abuse,” said Senator Jeb Bradley. He continued, “At the time I sponsored this legislation there were more deaths from prescription drug abuse than car accidents in New Hampshire. We were one of only two states in the country without such a program and were ranked second in the country for prescription drug abuse for those between the ages of 18-25. This program provides a solution to a very real problem faced by law enforcement and doctors alike”
Senator Jeb Bradley was the prime sponsor of SB 286 in 2012, creating the Controlled Drug Health and Safety Program. Senator John Reagan, then a House Representative, was also a co-sponsor of the legislation.
Senator Reagan said, “This simple concept of allowing doctors and pharmacists to communicate with each other in a way that protects private information is a game changer to prevent drug abusers from going doctor to doctor to receive excess amounts of prescription drugs. This effectively ends what’s known as doctor shopping and will help save lives.”
Senator Bradley concluded by saying, “We are thrilled to finally see this program get started in order to protect New Hampshire citizens and are grateful to then Governor John Lynch for signing this legislation into law.”