Grants to fight opioid crisis headed to states but N.H. still low on ladder

By Associated Press
Friday, April 21, 2017

Money that Congress approved last year to help states combat the opioid epidemic is headed to New Hampshire.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says $485 million in grants will soon be administered to states. The money is part of the 21st Century Cures Act that was signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Shaheen has been urging President Donald Trump’s administration to revise the formula used to allocate the funding so it prioritizes states like New Hampshire that are hardest hit by the crisis. She says she’s pleased officials have indicated that they will review the formula ahead of distribution next year.

So far, New Hampshire was awarded $6.2 million to fight the drug crisis, but only half of that money has been allocated and will soon be on its way to the state.

New Hampshire has the second-highest rate of per capita drug overdose deaths nationwide, trailing only West Virginia and is low on the priority list for the grants being divvied up among the 50 states.