CONCORD - Governor Chris Sununu today applauded the Trump administration's continued commitment to combating the opioid crisis by releasing more than $1.8 billion in additional funding to expand access to treatment and prevention programs.
Included in the $1.8 billion allocation is $900 million in funding for a new three-year cooperative agreement with state, territories, and localities. New Hampshire is slated to receive $3.6 million in new funding as part of this CDC Overdose Data to Action Program, which provides data critical to improving response efforts by the state.
"New Hampshire has served as a national leader in combating the opioid crisis with the implementation of our new Hub and Spoke Model and has led the way with innovative programs like our Recovery Friendly Workplaces," said Gov. Sununu. "I applaud the Trump administration for working to make this new funding available, providing states with the resources needed to better understand the opioid crisis at hand and how we can work to best combat it."
The governor's pointman on addiction and the opioid crisis also gave the news rave reviews.
"New Hampshire's innovative approach to combating the opioid epidemic has served as a model for the rest of the nation," said Dave Mara, the Governor's Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health. "While New Hampshire has made great strides to end the opioid epidemic we face, the $3.6 million in new funding announced today will allow us to obtain more accurate data and gain a better understanding of the opioid epidemic as a whole. That data will allow us to enhance our responses to the opioid crisis and bolster our prevention efforts."
"Today's announcement will provide the State of New Hampshire with access to data that is critical to the efforts of our teams on the frontlines of the epidemic," added DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers. "The State will use these new funds to continue to break down barriers to treatment and support people on their path to recovery."