(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today announced the award of $4,718,681 in federal grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve the treatment of opioid addiction through its Helping to End Addition Long-term (HEAL) Initiative. This program provides resources to test new approaches aimed at improving treatment for chronic pain, curbing the rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdoses and achieving long-term recovery from opioid addiction. Of these funds, $4,268,727 has been awarded to Dartmouth College to fund the translation of medical research on opioid addiction treatment to real-world practice, while $449,954 was awarded to Q2i, a health care technology company, to research new strategies to prevent and treat opioid addiction.
“These funds provide a much needed investment into efforts to transition existing medical research from the laboratory to the treatment centers, and develop new, cutting-edge methods to treat opioid addiction and put patients on the road to recovery,” said Senator Shaheen. “I’ll continue to advocate for federal funding to make a real, tangible differences in the lives of Granite Staters and people across this country who struggle with opioid use disorder.”
“Combating the devastating opioid epidemic in our state requires innovative approaches to treatment, prevention, and recovery – and that’s exactly why these federal grants are critical,” said Senator Hassan. “As families and communities across our state continue to work to address substance misuse, I will keep fighting in the Senate for federal funding like this.”
“This grant will bring evidence-based interventions to our Granite State communities to address the urgency of the opioid epidemic. The funding provided to New Hampshire brings much needed interventions to our rural communities, making a real difference in the lives of frontline providers and Granite Staters who have experienced the devastation of this crisis firsthand,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “I am elated to see this much-needed funding awarded to help our state move forward from this epidemic. I look forward to my continued work with my colleagues to fight this crisis and help New Hampshire succeed.”
“As families across New Hampshire continue to grapple with the opioid epidemic, I am proud to help announce additional federal investments in evidence-based programs across our state,” said Congressman Pappas. “If we truly hope to minimize the crisis of addiction, we must help those struggling while also addressing the root causes—including safe treatments for chronic pain.”