- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Politicians, police officers and anti-drug advocates say New Hampshire must take a holistic approach to combating the state’s growing heroin and opioid abuse through treatment, prevention and law enforcement activities.

Officials addressed the crisis, which some have deemed an epidemic, on Friday morning at an event hosted by the New Hampshire Forum on the Future. Speakers including Colonel Robert Quinn of the state police, economist Brian Gottlob, Dr. Cheryl Wilkie of the Farnum Center, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, and New Hampshire’s newly appointed “drug czar” John Wozmak say they believe the problem can be curbed with focused efforts.

Lawmakers are taking steps this year to increase access to naloxone, the drug used to counteract heroin overdoses, and restrict the sale of synthetic drugs.

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