We have a serious addiction crisis in New Hampshire, and we need serious people to tackle it.
I hold a masters degree in public administration. I’m trained in examining public policy problems. My capstone project for my degree was examining the issue of opioid abuse in New Hampshire. I conducted a stakeholder analysis of lawmakers, public health practitioners in the field, and law enforcement professionals. All agreed: substance abuse and addiction are problems of public health, not criminal justice. The full report is linked here: Reducing Mortal Opioid Overdoses in New Hampshire
We need investment in education and prevention, treatment and recovery. The return on public investment for this approach to substance abuse is more than ten times that for arrest and incarceration. We can work to limit supply, but that’s only one small part of the overall strategy.
Medically-assisted treatment. Prescription monitoring programs. Availability of Narcan where it can reverse overdoses and save lives. A culture of recovery. All of this, plus other innovative strategies that have been shown by experience and data to be effective.
Addiction and substance abuse are serious problems in New Hampshire. We need serious people to tackle them. I don’t claim to be an expert. But I know enough to listen to those who are and engage them in meaningful problem solving instead of empty political posturing.