NHDP - ICYMI: Nashua Telegraph Editorial on Substance Misuse Funding: “The screaming is getting louder”

Key Point: “The state budget passed by the House is a drug-abuse prevention disaster... The question is whether the state Senate will take a more enlightened approach to the issue and realize that cost of doing nothing will be much greater, in dollars and lives, than doing something.”
 
Click here for full Nashua Telegraph editorial or see excerpt below:
 
… How high can you count? How about 1,000?
 
That’s how many annual drug overdose deaths the state could be facing in a couple of years if it doesn’t get serious about treating and preventing the prescription and opioid drug-abuse epidemic, according to Tym Rourke, chair of the Governor’s Commission on Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.
 
… If that number seems alarmist, consider the trend. In 2012 there were 37 drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire. In 2013 there were 193. In 2014 there were 321.
 
It’s too soon to know if the pace of statewide deaths is continuing this year, but if Nashua is any indicator, the situation is getting worse, not better.
 
… The state budget passed by the House is a drug-abuse prevention disaster. It doesn’t authorize Medicaid expansion, which provides crucial mental health services to people who otherwise couldn’t afford them... 
 
The question is whether the state Senate will take a more enlightened approach to the issue and realize that cost of doing nothing will be much greater, in dollars and lives, than doing something.
 
“They understand … the severity of the crisis,” Rourke said. “The screaming from the community is getting louder. The screaming from the community is going to be heard.”
 
Click here for full Nashua Telegraph editorial.