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Clinton Holds Forum On Drug Abuse in Keene

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Voters at the forum were asked to raise their hands if substance abuse had affected their lives.

Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop in Keene yesterday to discuss what she has called a "quiet epidemic" in New Hampshire, substance abuse.

Clinton said the inspiration for the forum on substance abuse came from earlier campaign visits where she took numerous questions on New Hampshire’s heroin problem. Alongside Clinton at the event was a panel of local experts on substance abuse, including Cheshire County Sheriff Eli Rivera, and Dr. Jose Montero of the Cheshire Medical Center and former state public health director. Clinton said listening to them is key:

“I think it’s pretty clear that we’ve got to refocus and learn from the experts, from people in recovery themselves, what will work. And that’s why I’m here.”

Responding to a question about the illegal firearms and the drug trade, Clinton also pledged a renewed effort to pass a universal background check on gun sales.

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