Hassan, Baker Tout Opioid 'Road Map' For States

Jul 18, 2016

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (left) and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speak at the National Governors Association summer meeting, July 15, 2016.
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  Governor Maggie Hassan has joined with governors across the country in a new effort to confront the opioid crisis. 

Hassan serves as Vice Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee for the National Governors Association, which announced at its summit Friday a new road map for states to deal with opioid abuse and addiction.

It calls for states to develop limits on prescribing opioids and expand access to medication-assisted treatment for addiction.

Hassan says states should also find ways to collaborate and share information, such as through prescription drug monitoring programs.

"It's about making it easy for providers to use, making sure that they can get data from it," Hassan says. "New Hampshire still has some work to do along those lines - and being able to share data across state lines is going to be increasingly important."

The governors are also calling for more federal funding for a recently-passed bill that creates grants and other programs aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription pain relievers and heroin.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told the Obama administration will continue lobbying Congress for more money when it returns in September.