Those pushing for more money to fight the opioid epidemic in the state are cheering a $333,000 federal grant announced this week that's targeted at some of the first points of contact for those struggling with the drugs.
New Hampshire was one of 10 states with high overdose rates eligible for the money. It's a supplement to a much bigger CURES act award announced last year.
Still, many say, more is needed. "$333,000 is better than no dollars," said Doreen Shockley, director of programs and services at Granite Pathways. "But I also know that's not enough to do what needs to be done, statewide, for any program."
Granite Pathways runs Regional Access Point Services, which - along with the Safe Stations program - is slated to receive the funds. Regional Access Point Services is a relatively new effort to take a statewide look at where the network of care is robust, and where there's gaps in necessary services. The goal is to make sure easy-to-access, coordinated resources are available in every community for people when they first need help.
According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, which will administer the grant, the new funds will allow that program to expand, reducing wait times and commutes.