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Hub and Spoke opioid treatment tool seen as promising

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CONCORD - New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu gave glowing marks on Tuesday to the state's newest tool in its fight against opioid addiction.

The Hub and Spoke integrated support system to combat opioid addiction, first developed in Vermont, allows for hubs like emergency addiction treatment facilities with enhanced treatment options and capabilities to synergize with spokes, which are located in office settings and in communities where clients live.

At many spokes, addictions care is integrated into general medical care, like treatment for other chronic diseases.

On Tuesday, following a meeting with Doorway Leadership to discuss the progress of New Hampshire's Hub-and-Spoke system, Governor Chris Sununu said, "Today was a great opportunity to sit down with providers and get feedback on the first weeks of our newly integrated Hub and Spoke system to address the opioid crisis. Overall the program is progressing faster than we anticipated which provides a lot of opportunity for our citizens."

Sununu said the state has already received some federal funding to help implement the program and that, "We will continue to work to make the system stronger and advocate for additional funding from Washington."

He said preliminary indications are that additional funding looks promising.

"I was thrilled to see how receptive the administration was to our request and feel confident the State of New Hampshire could receive additional funding from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)."

"Here in New Hampshire, we are taking an innovative approach to tackling the opioid crisis, and I remain confident that our federal partners in Washington, DC, are taking notice," Sununu added.

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