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Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 18, 2014

Contact:
Communications Office
(603)271-2121

Statement from Governor Hassan on Executive Council Approval of Contract to Help Implement Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

CONCORD – Governor Maggie Hassan today released the following statement applauding the Executive Council’s approval of a Board of Pharmacy contract to purchase and install a software system and associated services for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program:

“Rising rates of opiate and heroin abuse and overdoses represent one of the most pressing public health and safety challenges facing New Hampshire, and our prescription drug monitoring program is an important tool that will help identify potential prescription drug abuse, help prevent doctor shopping and help ensure stronger oversight of controlled substance prescriptions.

“Today’s vote is another step toward implementing this critical program and addressing this challenge, building on efforts such as our bipartisan health care expansion plan, increasing the safe and effective use of Narcan for emergency responders and Partnership for a Drug Free NH’s youth prevention campaign. In addition, moving forward with our prescription drug monitoring program will help strengthen New Hampshire’s role in the regional strategy that I announced with my fellow New England Governors yesterday.

“I applaud the Executive Council for approving this contract, and I look forward to implementing our prescription drug monitoring program as quickly as possible in order to improve the health and safety of our families, our communities and our state.”