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If you care about reducing drug and alcohol problems in New Hampshire, please take a moment to review our 2014 End of Session Report. We’ve made a point to avoid “lawyer jargon” and present them in an easy-to-read format.

Thanks to you…

  • New Hampshire passed the historic “NH Health Protection Plan” – a coordinated strategy to provide private insurance coverage for uninsured Granite Staters with substance use disorders for newly eligible Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • New Hampshire also made organizational changes to strengthen the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery (the Commission largely responsible for developing New Hampshire’s strategic plan to reduce alcohol and other drug misuse). Funding the New Hampshire “Alcohol Fund” is expected to be a crucial priority for New Futures and the recovery community in 2015.
  • Progress was also made on the New Hampshire Prescription Monitoring Program—a secure electronic system to monitor the prescribing and dispensing of controlled prescription drugs.
  • In the same theme of reducing drug dependence, the legislature killed a bill that would give rise to a commercial network of “Big Marijuana” in New Hampshire.
  • “Good Samaritan” legislation is making steady progress. It’s expected that access to overdose prevention drug “narcan” will be a topic of 2015 discussion. A bill that would provide immunity for citizens seeking help during an overdose was also sent to interim study.
  • New Hampshire alcohol advertising on billboards was a gigantic issue at the end of the session. Thanks to the help of community coalitions and unusual allies (the Beer Distributors of New Hampshire and Granite State Brewers), advertising for alcoholic beverages will not be appearing on New Hampshire billboards in 2014.

We want to thank everyone for their time, efforts, and commitment to making 2014 a progressive year in addressing our substance misuse epidemic.