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N.H. To See New Federal Money to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic

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New Hampshire is getting $3.1 million in federal money to help fight the ongoing opioid crisis.

Roughly one billion dollars is going to states to address opioid treatment and prevention. New Hampshire is getting a small percentage of that amount, which is being doled out based on state population. The states getting the largest chunk, California and Texas, are receiving a combined $70 million.

Joe Harding, head of New Hampshire’s drug and alcohol bureau, says this funding will be targeted towards areas where the state’s care is lacking.

“Medication-assisted treatment with pregnant and parenting women...there is going to be peer-recovery support services targeting young people in recovery, there is going to be care coordination services for individuals involved in the justice system,” Harding said.

This funding comes from the federal 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law by President Obama last year. Harding says he expects state agencies to see these dollars sometime this summer.

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Out of New England states, New Hampshire is receiving the third largest amount behind Massachusetts with $11.7 million and Connecticut with $5.5 million.

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