Drug Czar Had No Plan Less Than 24 Hours Before Hassan's Office Released Recommendations
Concord - The Union Leader today reports that John Wozmak, Governor Maggie Hassan's embattled drug czar, failed to present any plans to combat the state's heroin epidemic at a Monday meeting with top Manchester officials. Less than 24 hours later, Hassan's office released a set of hastily prepared, boilerplate recommendations that they claimed were the result of months of work from Mr. Wozmak.
"The fact that Governor Hassan's embattled drug czar didn't even mention a substance abuse plan to top Manchester officials raises questions whether Mr. Wozmak's recommendations are a serious proposal or simply political camouflage designed to distract from the Hassan Administration's failed leadership," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "After six months on the job, Governor Hassan's drug czar should have been in regular contact with Manchester law enforcement officials to ask for their ideas before releasing any recommendations. It's clear that the state's response to the heroin epidemic has been inadequate and that Governor Hassan's office has dropped the ball on numerous occasions."
According to the Union Leader, "no mention of an imminent release of a plan" was made at an hour-long Monday meeting with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Police Chief Nick Willard.
"That left us all a little bit concerned about where to go and whether we need to develop our own plan," Mayor Gatsas told the Union Leader.
The Hassan Administration has faced increasing criticism in recent weeks for its lackluster response to the heroin epidemic. Last week, WMUR reported that Hassan's office didn't know that New Hampshire had been awarded a $12.5 million federal grant to combat substance abuse.