New Hampshire is set to receive $3.6 million in additional federal funding to help combat the opioid addiction epidemic.
"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," Gov. Chris Sununu said in a news release. "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 transition to the Hub and Spoke method was made possible in part by a $45 million grant to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. The Hub and Spoke network currently includes nine hubs across the state designed to help addicts seeking treatment.
“New Hampshire's innovative approach to combating the opioid epidemic has served as a model for the rest of the nation," Dave Mara, the Governor's Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health, said in the news release. "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.”
Gathering such data is viewed as crucial to improving the big picture response to the opioid crisis.
Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers said in the news release that the funding is “critical to the efforts of our teams on the frontlines of the epidemic. The State will use these new funds to continue to break down barriers to treatment and support people on their path to recovery."