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Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US NH: Medical Pot Program May Grow In 2017

    Union Leader, 26 Dec 2016 - The state's medical marijuana program has been up and running for nearly eight months, and now some lawmakers are looking to expand the program in 2017. Eleven Legislative Service Requests (LSRs) for the upcoming session -- requests submitted by legislators to have bills drafted -- relate to therapeutic cannabis.
  2. US NH: PUB LTE: My Marijuana Stand

    Concord Monitor, 26 Mar 2016 - To the good citizens of Pittsfield: Just got back from town meeting, and this is what I tried to say. 1) Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Washington, D.C., have allowed marijuana use. Pittsfield will not be outdone.
  3. US NH: Needle Exchange Debate Raises Prosecution Questions

    Boston Globe, 27 Mar 2016 - CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - As New Hampshire lawmakers decide whether to allow needle exchange programs, some of the biggest debate has been over how to handle the smallest amounts of drugs. Under current law, hypodermic needles and syringes can be dispensed only by pharmacists, and possessing a syringe containing any amount of heroin or other controlled drug is a felony. But faced with the state's growing drug crisis, the Legislature is considering a bill that would both clear the way for programs that allow drug users to swap dirty syringes for clean ones and would decriminalize residual amounts of drugs in syringes. It passed the House on Wednesday and now heads to the Senate.
  4. US NH: Hassan Taps Top Drug Prosecutor As New 'Drug Czar'

    The Eagle-Tribune, 22 Mar 2016 - CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan tapped New Hampshire's top drug prosecutor Monday to oversee the state's response to the ongoing opioid and heroin crisis. James Vara is a senior assistant attorney general who has led the drug prosecution unit for three years. He primarily deals with felony drug prosecutions and drug-related death cases. He is expected to take on the role of Governor's Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health, sometimes informally known as the 'drug czar,' in early April. He also sits on the opioid task force of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.
  5. US NH: Bush Sees Drug Fight As National Calling

    Buffalo News, 06 Jan 2016 - HOOKSETT, N.H. - Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush called drug addiction one of America's "soft underbellies" and said the fight against it should be a "national calling." His speech at a New Hampshire forum came on the same day he published an online essay detailing his daughter's struggle with prescription-medicine abuse.
  6. US NH: Hopefuls Hear How Heroin Hit N.H. Hard

    Chicago Tribune, 23 Dec 2015 - 2016 Candidates Asked to Address Drug Abuse Crisis MANCHESTER, N.H. - Zach Brewster had a long history of addiction and was dealing drugs after flunking out of college. One night he injected a cocktail of cocaine and heroin and stopped breathing. He was taken by ambulance to the emergency room of the suburban hospital that employed his parents, where they were told their son might not survive the night.
  7. US NH: N.H. Heroin Crisis Puts Issue into Presidential

    Baltimore Sun, 22 Dec 2015 - Anguished Voters Tell of Drug Use in Their Families MANCHESTER, N.H. - Zach Brewster had a long history of addiction and was dealing drugs after flunking out of college. One night he injected a cocktail of cocaine and heroin and stopped breathing. He was taken by ambulance to the emergency room of the suburban hospital that employed his parents, where they were told their son might not survive the night.
  8. US NH: Hassan: More Die From Drug Overdoses Than Car Crashes

    Concord Monitor, 25 Nov 2015 - Drug overdoses have become the second most common cause of death in New Hampshire and could move into the top spot soon, Gov. Maggie Hassan told lawmakers Tuesday as they began tackling the state's substance abuse crisis. Hassan was the first speaker to address a task force that will spend the next six weeks studying the issue and developing bills the Legislature will consider when its new session starts in January. She urged members to consider several proposals, include strengthening the state's prescription monitoring program, reducing the over-prescription of powerful pain medication, providing additional support to law enforcement, and streamlining access to substance abuse treatment and recovery services.
  9. US NH: My Turn: Drug War Belongs In Dustbin Of History

    Concord Monitor, 25 Nov 2015 - We can't solve a problem without knowing its origin. To solve America's drug problem, we have to know the history of the drug war. The drug war did not start with Richard Nixon. It wasn't a Republican idea, or a traditional idea. The drug war was launched before the First World War by utopian Progressive Democrats.