- Associated Press - Sunday, April 6, 2014

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s U.S. senators are working with law enforcement leaders and public health officials to address the state’s heroin epidemic.

The state has seen the number of deaths from heroin overdose go from zero in 1993 to 67 deaths last year. New Hampshire State Police say 13 percent of all traffic stops and arrests that led to blood or urine tests involved heroin, and both law enforcement and corrections officials say a broader “epidemic of addiction” is driving crime in the state and straining corrections and court resources.

Ayotte, a Republican and former attorney general, is holding a roundtable discussion on April 23 in Manchester. She has supported a law enforcement grant program aimed at ending heroin abuse and related crimes, questioned federal officials about efforts to curb drug trafficking and says further urgent action is required.

“By bringing together local, state and federal officials, we can help identify solutions that will substantively address this growing crisis and protect New Hampshire families,” she said.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, also has called for increased investment in law enforcement grants and programs related to education and drug abuse treatment. Shaheen, who met Friday with law enforcement officials and drug abuse treatment providers in Salem, says fighting the epidemic will require a multifaceted approach. She asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last week for federal assistance for local law enforcement and prescription drug monitoring.

“Fighting this epidemic will require a multifaceted approach that provides more resources and assistance for law enforcement, improves prevention and education efforts and increases our focus on treatment and recovery,” she said.



Click to Read More

Click to Hide