N.H. House Gives Early OK to Bill to Boost Funding to Fight Drug Crisis

Apr 20, 2016

The New Hampshire House on Wednesday backed a bill calling for an additional $5 million to help combat the state’s current opioid crisis.

Under the measure, $3, million will go to treatment services while $2 million will help to provide housing for those battling an addiction. It also includes money to hire a state attorney to prosecute drug cases.

Those against the measure questioned where the money would come from.

But Democrat Lucy Weber, who sits on the Health and Human Services Committee, told her colleagues that’s an issue for the House Finance Committee, which will weigh in on the bill later this session.

“We believe this is good policy and necessary to treat the opioid crisis in the state of New Hampshire,” Weber said on the House floor Wednesday.

A similar measure unanimously cleared the Senate last month. In a statement Wednesday, Gov. Maggie Hassan urged lawmakers to send this bill to her desk without delay.