New Hampshire residents struggling with heroin addiction and other substance use disorders will soon be able to call a state hotline for help.
Gov. Maggie Hassan announced the hotline Tuesday at the opening of a summit on substance abuse. She says the 24-hour crisis hotline will start up later this week. The number has not been provided yet.
More than 800 people from health care, law enforcement, education and other fields are attending the conference in Manchester devoted to the state's rising drug crisis. More than 400 people died of drug overdoses last year.
Hassan urged participants to lobby their state lawmakers, who are voting this week on measures that would expand the state's drug courts, provide more support for police in hard-hit communities and upgrade the prescription monitoring program.