WASHINGTON. D.C. – This week, an amendment authored by Congressman Frank Guinta (R-NH) and supported by Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) which provides $5 million in increased funds for our nation’s drug courts was unanimously adopted and included in the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill.
“As Granite Staters know all too well, our nation is currently facing a drug epidemic,” said Rep. Frank Guinta. “Drug courts are proven to be one of the most effective intervention programs by creating a systematic response to substance abuse and crime as an alternative to incarceration, while simultaneously reducing crime, saving money and serving our communities. I’m grateful the House passed this measure to help directly save the lives of those addicted to drugs, help them reach sobriety and, in turn, make New Hampshire a better place to live.”
Last year, deaths from heroin and illicit drug use exceeded auto-related deaths in the state of New Hampshire. And, in the past five years alone, overdoses in the Granite State have increased five-fold.
“Drug addiction does not discriminate. It is an epidemic that affects every city and town across America. It leaves in its wake shattered lives and families and costs taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars annually. Drug courts are a critical first step on the road back from addiction,” said Congressman Stephen F. Lynch. “Investing in our drug courts is an important way to save taxpayers money, reduce crime, and restore families. Quite simply, drug courts work and that is why I am pleased to partner with Congressman Frank Guinta on increasing our investment in the drug court program.”
The bipartisan Guinta and Lynch amendment to increase funding for drug courts is offset by an equal reduction in the International Trade Administration.
The Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill, including the Guinta and Lynch amendment, passed the House last night by a vote of 242-183.