New hires will help direct money for drug crisis response

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says New Hampshire will hire a program director and state opioid coordinator as it figures out how to spend about $23 million in new federal funding to combat the drug crisis.
Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan said last week that the state will get a significant increase in the state-based opioid grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The money, which will be available in the next few months, can’t be used to build new treatment facilities. But it can be spent to help increase access to medication-assisted treatment and other evidence-based programs.
Sununu told WMUR-TV that the state will work quickly to fill new positions to make sure the money is spent in areas that will get the best results.