Concord - In an interview with Foster's Daily Democrat (10/11/15), the President of the New Hampshire Medical Society called for "greater leadership" from the Hassan Administration on New Hampshire's devastating heroin epidemic. Dr. Lukas Kolm also said that embattled Hassan Administration drug czar Jack Wozmak has failed to reach out to New Hampshire's physicians.
"If the governor's office is going to start making mandates, a call should have been made to the medical society," said Kolm.
"After nearly a year on the job, there is no good excuse for the failure of Governor Maggie Hassan's embattled drug czar to reach out to top physicians and establish a working relationship with the New Hampshire Medical Society. These doctors are on the front lines of combating New Hampshire's heroin epidemic, and they deserve the full support of the governor's office," said New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn. "This is the latest instance in a troubling pattern of mismanagement and incompetence that we have seen from the Hassan Administration's response to our devastating substance abuse crisis. Granite Staters expect state government to be well-managed, and it's clear that Governor Hassan's focus on her distracting United States Senate campaign is hindering her ability to address this emergency."
This news follows earlier reports that Governor Hassan's drug czar also failed to contact top law enforcement officials in New Hampshire's biggest towns and cities.
Dr. Kolm and the New Hampshire Medical Society will hold its annual Scientific Conference on November 6-8 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside. Titled "The Many Faces of Addiction," it includes speakers from multiple disciplines including law enforcement, drug courts, intervention and recovery.
Foster's Daily Democrat: "Hassan Appointed Jack Wozmak As The State Drug Czar, But Kolm Said He Hasn't Reached Out To Physicians." (Judi Currie, "N.H. Medical Society conference to focus on opioid abuse epidemic," Foster's Daily Democrat, 10/12/15)
- Kolm: "'If The Governor's Office Is Going To Start Making Mandates, A Call Should Have Been Made To The Medical Society.'" "'But it is a two-way street. We could reach out to him,' Kolm said. 'If the governor's office is going to start making mandates, a call should have been made to the medical society.'" (Judi Currie, "N.H. Medical Society conference to focus on opioid abuse epidemic," Foster's Daily Democrat, 10/12/15)
- "Kolm Said The State Ought To Be More Appreciative Of The Challenges Facing Physicians." (Judi Currie, "N.H. Medical Society conference to focus on opioid abuse epidemic," Foster's Daily Democrat, 10/12/15)