NH Sen Sanborn calls for ineffective Drug Czar to resign

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Hassan appointee fails to communicate with NH’s largest communities

Senator Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) issued the following statement today calling on “Drug Czar” John Wozmak to resign:


“When Governor Hassan appointed John Wozmak as ‘drug czar’, she said one of his most important responsibilities is to coordinate the state’s response to New Hampshire’s substance abuse crisis the law enforcement community. But after six months on the job, top law enforcement officials in Manchester, Nashua, Concord and Salem have come forward to say that he has failed to reach out to them and offer assistance. Mr. Wozmak’s lack of communication with local officials and all those working so hard to solve this issue is extremely troubling and unacceptable.


“Additionally, on Mr. Wozmak’s watch, Governor Hassan’s office lost track of a $12 million federal grant to combat substance abuse. This lack of oversight, combined with the Governor’s decision to recklessly veto a 75% increase in state funding for substance abuse treatment, represents a troubling pattern her failed leadership on this important issue.


“Governor Hassan and Mr. Wozmak have failed to take responsibility and address these obvious examples of mismanagement. Instead of doing his job, Mr. Wozmak has produced a stale set of retreaded talking points without first seeking the input of law enforcement officials, substance abuse treatment providers, and legislators.


“After six months of complete absence from this fight on the Opioid War, it’s clear that Mr. Wozmak is the wrong person to coordinate the state’s response to the substance abuse crisis. It’s time for the Hassan Administration to replace him in this position and develop a better strategy to respond to the concerns of the local officials, health providers, and legislators who are fighting on the front lines of New Hampshire’s heroin epidemic.”