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New Council on Opioid Overprescribing in N.H. to Rely on Data Analysis

Jason Moon / NHPR

A new state advisory council on opioid overprescribing will use data analysis to better understand the state's opioid crisis.

Governor Chris Sununu signed an executive order creating the New Hampshire Opioid Overprescribing and Misuse Project Advisory Council Thursday afternoon. 

The council includes state health and law enforcement officials as well as a federal representative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

CMS hopes to scale the program to other states if it is effective.

The council's work will center on what Sununu called a first of its kind analysis of opioid prescribing practices from insurance claim data.

"This data will allow us to not just make policy on a hunch, but really look at the data, in terms of understanding both the geographic trends you might see, the trends you might see not just with individual providers but individual situations."

A private firm called Mitre will be providing the data analysis.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.
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