Shaheen announces $2.3 million in federal money for N.H.’s opioid crisis

  • Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen speaks to reporters outside the federal courthouse Wednesday March 30, 2016 in Concord, N.H., about the need to hold hearings on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Jim Cole

Monitor staff
Thursday, September 21, 2017

New Hampshire will receive $2.3 million in federal grant money to help combat the opioid crisis, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced Thursday.

The money, coming from two separate grants, will go toward treatment centers, first responders and law enforcement, the Democratic senator announced in a news release.

One $800,000 grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention will be allocated to the Department of Safety, to be used toward training efforts for first responders and for the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, according to the release.

A separate grant of $1.5 million, issued by the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy, will be distributed among 12 regional centers and is intended to fund initiatives to prevent youth substance abuse.

“These federal funds could not come at a more critical time to help Granite State first responders and medical personnel, who are on the frontlines and managing the effects of this crisis every day,” Shaheen said in a statement.

Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan also praised the grants, calling the money “critical to stemming – and ultimately – reversing this horrific epidemic that is devastating our communities.”

A Shaheen spokeswoman was not immediately available to provide details on which regional centers will benefit.

(Ethan DeWitt can be reached at edewitt@cmonitor.com, or on Twitter at @edewittNH.)