For Immediate Release
July 2, 2014
CONCORD – Following a Centers for Disease Control report released yesterday that ranked New Hampshire third in the country for per-capita prescriptions of Oxycontin, fentanyl and other long-acting opioids in 2012, Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:
"The rising rate of substance use in New Hampshire, especially for highly addictive opioids, is one of our most serious public health and safety challenges. Prescription drug abuse, which is often linked to heroin use, remains high, and the Centers for Disease Control report reinforces this alarming trend.
"In our ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of Granite Staters, we are working to implement as quickly as possible our prescription drug monitoring program and the substance use disorder benefit that is part of our bipartisan health care expansion plan. I also recently joined my fellow New England Governors to announce a regional strategy to address this growing problem that is affecting communities throughout our region and country, not just New Hampshire. And I am working closely with the law enforcement community, health care professionals, and other public safety and public health officials to continue to enhance the state's response strategy.
"This substance use challenge is straining our families, hurting the productivity of our workers and undermining the safety of our communities. We must continue to work together across party lines and with all stakeholders in order to address this challenge, improve the health and safety of our communities, and maintain the high quality of life that the Granite State is known for."