- Associated Press - Monday, September 14, 2015

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - The nation’s drug “czar” is in New Hampshire to discuss the state’s heroin and opioid crisis.

Michael Botticelli has been director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy since February.

In Nashua on Monday, he attended a roundtable discussion attended by Gov. Maggie Hassan. WMUR-TV reported he said drug monitoring programs can identify addicts who shop for doctors to feed their addictions.

Botticelli was walking through Manchester neighborhoods with the police chief. He also was testifying at a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chaired by Sen. Kelly Ayotte and attended by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

The hearing at Saint Anselm College was addressing drug trafficking and abuse. U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Drug Enforcement Agency officials also were testifying.

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