New Hampshire is among many states in our nation that is struggling with the social and economic impacts of an opioid crisis. Since 2014, there have been more than 500 overdose deaths, with many of those deaths being attributed to heroin or fentanyl. Amid these tragedies, we have seen communities come together to create innovative solutions to this problem through creative approaches in law enforcement, collaborative efforts to expand treatment, and the development of peer led recovery centers. Those of us in thef ield are acutely aware that our problem is systemic in nature and extends far beyond any individual community. The solution to this problem requires a statewide effort, much like the one set forth in the Governor’s proposal. This special session will allow us to get real time solutions to communities in need.We are hopeful that the legislature can move these proposed programs and resources forward in a way that immediately increases access to treatment, expands drug courts, increases resources for the Governors Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, supports critical law enforcement initiatives to reduce the supply of illegal drugs, and enhances theeffectiveness of the critical prescription drug monitoring program.
The NH Providers Association is grateful for the Governor’s dedication to immediate solutions to this problem. “We owe this effort to the lives that were unnecessarily lost to this horrible epidemic,” said Abby Shockley, Executive Director of the NH Providers Association. “Further, it is our hope that our state leaders will commit to coming together again in January to be reflective and determine solutions that allow New Hampshire to be proactive about these issues for the years to come. This includes long term financial resources to invest in robust prevention efforts, reauthorization of the NH Health Protection Plan to guarantee continuous treatment access, and support for the financial and service delivery infrastructures that allow for recovery support centers in every community.”
The mission of the NH Providers Association is to represent its members in advancing substance use prevention, treatment and recovery through public policy, leadership, professional development, and quality member services.