N.H. to get more money & manpower to battle opioid epidemic
President Barack Obama has announced a new plan to expand access to health care, and provide high-intensity drug trafficking areas like New Hampshire with more money as well as manpower.
Unveiling his plan at the National Prescription Drug Overdose Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, President Obama acknowledged that more people are dying from drug overdoses than traffic accidents.
Obama stressed that his administration was taking various steps to tackle the opioid epidemic, but few areas were still under-resourced. He added that he believed the public didn't fully appreciate yet the scope of the issue.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said in a statement, "With the kind of trafficking we are seeing in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and other places, I have every confidence that they'll be getting additional resources . we will give more assistance from the federal government to local law enforcement."
The city of Nashua recently reported its seventh overdose death so far this year. With just three months into 2016, many other cities are also reporting record number of overdose deaths.
In February, Obama announced he wanted more than $1 billion in new federal funding for opioid addiction treatment. The figure represents a three-fold increase in funding from the current level.
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