November 29, 2017

Senator Hassan Applauds More Than $650,000 in Federal Funds for NH Department of Safety to Combat Fentanyl, Heroin, and Opioid Epidemic

Senator Wrote to Attorney General Sessions in Support of New Hampshire’s COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force Grant Request in August

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice awarded the New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of State Police, a $688,856 grant to help combat the devastating fentanyl, heroin, and opioid crisis in New Hampshire.  In August, Senator Hassan wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions supporting New Hampshire’s grant request through the Anti-Heroin Task Force Program (AHTF) from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office under the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Our brave law enforcement officers are essential to combating the fentanyl, heroin, and opioid epidemic on the front lines in New Hampshire, and I am pleased that the Department of Justice has awarded the New Hampshire Department of Safety this critical grant to support their important efforts to help save lives,” Senator Hassan said. “We know that we need far more resources to stem – and ultimately reverse – the tide of this epidemic, and I’ll keep fighting to ensure that our first responders and all of those on the front lines of this crisis have the support they need to help make that happen.”

As part of her efforts to get more resources to those on the front lines, Senator Hassan helped introduce the bipartisan Targeted Opioid Formula Act, which would change how federal agencies determine State Targeted Response Opioid Crisis Grant funding for Fiscal Year 2018 to prioritize states hardest-hit by this epidemic, like New Hampshire. Senator Hassan also helped introduce the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act to invest $45 billion for prevention, detection, surveillance and treatment of opioids, and has called for far more funding over the years to come to truly address this crisis.

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