SPECIAL SESSION UPDATE ON OPIOID AND HEROIN CRISIS
In early November, Governor Hassan asked the Executive Council to call a special session of the Legislature to address legislation aimed at strengthening the state’s efforts to combat the heroin and opioid crisis and to help save lives. The Executive Council voted 4 to 1 to do so and the Governor later proposed legislation that would:
* Bring the laws and penalties for fentanyl in line with those for heroin
* Require boards governing all prescribers to update their rules by 04/01
* Establish a statewide drug court office to expand existing drug courts and establish new ones
* Mandate use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and upgrade its technology
* Require all insurance companies to use the same evaluation criteria and remove some prior authorization requirements
* Limit emergency room prescriptions and all prescriptions to 34 days or 100 dosage units
* Allow increased oversight of pain and methadone clinics
* Update the Board of Medicine’s membership
* Provide additional support to local law enforcement
* Add an attorney at the Department of Justice focused on drug crimes
* Increase funding for the Governor’s Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery
During the Special Session, the Legislature will introduce a Special Session House Concurrent Resolution which, if passed, will go into effect immediately to establish a joint Substance Abuse Task Force. The Task Force will be made up of 26 House and Senate members representing a wide range of committees and will fully vet and debate a specific set of issues including:
* Updating penalties for fentanyl distribution to be consistent with penalties for heroin
* Requiring insurance companies to adhere to same substance abuse treatment evaluation criteria; removing prior authorization requirements
* Updating prescription drug monitoring program technology, increase statewide usage
* Expanding Drug Courts
* Increasing law enforcement prevention and interdiction measures
* Increasing prescriber educational standards
A final report will be presented on January 6, 2016, which will serve as the basis for filing legislation.
New Futures will keep you updated regarding the process. We will know more about the details of the Special Session once the Legislature convenes beginning noon on Wednesday, November 18th.
NEXT SAFE & DRUG-FREE COMMUNITIES MEETING – Wednesday, November 16th, 2015, 3:30pm – 5:00pm at Keene High School, LGIA Room (main entrance – straight – end on right).
From Our Funder:
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Announce 6th Annual Teens Make Music Contest !! A competition challening teens to share how they Stay Above the Influence Through the Power of Music. The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Teens Make Music Contest, in conjunction with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids as part of its Above the Influence (ATI) campaign, recently announced this contest which asks young musicians, ages 14-18, to compose or create an original song and/or music video that celebrates life above the influence or brings attention to the real-life consequences of substance abuse.
Three winners will have their original compositions posted on the MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation’s websites, the Vans Warped Tour website, and the Above the Influence website in January 2016. Winners will also be featured during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week taking place Jan. 25-31, 2016. Original music compositions or compositions with accompanying videos must be sent to the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares postmarked no later than Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Entries must be no more than four minutes long and include lyrics. Enter here: click here
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Greater Monadnock Community Health Improvement Plan
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Trauma Informed Approach to Domestic Violence Conference
Advocacy Training:Are you interested in becoming a New Futures advocate? New Futures works to reduce New Hampshire drug and alcohol problems by advocating, educating, and collaborating for progressive policy in the Granite State.In 2015, New Futures is holding four advocacy trainings in Concord:(March 3rd, April 23rd, November 17th, and December 15th). These trainings are done in partnership with Hope for New Hampshire Recovery and will include an Our Voices Have Power workshop-where advocates will learn about the importance of sharing their lived experience
* See our Education & Training Page for more info and for registration link
New Rules and Training Increase Access to a Life-Saving Drug – –
The NH State Department of Safety issued a press release announcing new rules and training to allow law enforcement personnel to more easily obtain a license to administer life-saving doses of Narcan to people who are overdosing. This is in response to recommendations made by the Governor’s Strategic Task Force on Preventing Death from Opioid Overdose. Read the press release here
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GOALS: Reduce substance use among youth and adults, and strengthen collaborative partnerships within communities.
We offer prevention activities and education to reduce youth and young adult alcohol and substance use; advocate for policy change and increased funding for prevention, treatment, and recovery; and offer prevention trainings, internships, and substance-free events all year.