Lawmakers should expedite legislation to get drug court up and running

Lawmakers should expedite legislation to get drug court up and running

MANCHESTER, NH – – The New Hampshire House of Representatives has given policy approval to legislation that will assist counties in funding drug court for habitual drug use offenders. The bill, which has passed the Senate, must now go before the House Finance Committee for funding approval before returning to the full membership of the House for a final vote.

Manchester Mayor and republican gubernatorial candidate Ted Gatsas, who has been calling for such a program to assist in the opioid crisis, released the following statement:

“The House needs to move quickly to approve this legislation and give counties the access they need to fund drug court around the state. We know when people are sent to serious treatment programs instead of jail the recidivism rate is drastically decreased.

In every community across the state people are dying from overdoses, and families are looking for help for their loved ones. There are several actions we must take to curb this epidemic and drug court is one of them.

When I was in the Senate we had a serious and immediate concern over fuel assistance for the elderly and low-income families. The issue was urgent and we managed to work together and get it passed in one day. I hope we see the same urgency out of Concord for this critical legislation.”

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