Shaheen leads the NH delegation on the announcement of more than $ 1.4 million in federal funding to support drug control efforts

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11/01/2021

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chairman of the Senate Funds Subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), along with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that New Hampshire has received $ 1,402,083 in federal funding through Community Oriented Department of Justice Policing Services (COPS). Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) program. In particular, the funding has been awarded to the New Hampshire Justice Department and will strengthen the ability of New Hampshire law enforcement agencies to track down and investigate illegal activities related to the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, or carfentanil, or the illicit distribution of prescription opioids.

“In 2020, the overwhelming majority of drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire were due to opioids such as fentanyl or opioids combined with other drugs. This is a crisis and our law enforcement agencies should have access to the resources and support they need to stop the flow of these deadly substances into our communities. ” said Senator Shaheen. “I am delighted that this federal funding has been granted which will strengthen the state’s ability to work with local law enforcement agencies to identify and destroy criminal opioid distribution networks. Holding accountable those who perpetuate and exacerbate the substance use disorder crisis in our communities is an important part of our strategy to turn the tide of this crisis, and this federal money is being used wisely to achieve that goal. I will continue to fight for anti-heroin and other substance use disorders funding for New Hampshire so we can finally end this epidemic once and for all. “

“As the communities of Granite State continue to feel the devastating effects of the substance abuse crisis, we must take action against the illegal activity that is fueling them.” called Senator Hassan. “I am pleased to announce this federal grant to help New Hampshire law enforcement investigate the drug trafficking and I will continue to work to stem the flow of dangerous drugs into our communities.”

“The addiction and substance abuse crisis here in New Hampshire and across the country has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is important to ensure law enforcement has the resources to hold illegal traffickers accountable and remove dangerous drugs to pull the traffic. ” said Rep Kuster, founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force. “In Congress, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, and my bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, I work across the aisle to expand access to health care, halt the cycle of addiction, and save lives. I look forward to seeing the benefits of this federal grant here in New Hampshire and will continue to work to end the addiction epidemic. “

“It is welcome news that the New Hampshire Justice Department is receiving this funding to support a robust and sustained response to the ongoing drug abuse crisis.” said Rep Pappas. “Just as I’ve been fighting for more funding for recovery services, a priority of mine in Congress has been to make sure our law enforcement agencies have the resources they need to stop the distribution of opioids. I will continue to fight to ensure that our communities have the resources they need to fully address this crisis in the future. “

“We are incredibly excited and honored to have been selected as one of thirteen states to receive this additional funding. These resources are vital to New Hampshire law enforcement as we continue our opioid crisis efforts and implement a multidisciplinary partnership between the New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center, the Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, and the New Hampshire State Police. We seek to work and coordinate with law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels to maximize the impact and effectiveness of these efforts. On behalf of the New Hampshire Department of Justice and all of New Hampshire Law Enforcement, I would like to thank Senator Jeanne Shaheen for her efforts and assistance in raising these funds. I would also like to thank our Grants Management department for their work in preparing our funding application. ” said John M. Formella, New Hampshire State Attorney General.

Shaheen has spearheaded key laws and funding to help contain the substance use disorder epidemic, including through Shaheen’s leadership on the central Senate Funds Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Allied Agencies, which provides funding for the Department of Justice and related anti-opioid and methamphetamine Programs. In the government funding legislation announced by the Senate Budget Committee for fiscal year 2022, Shaheen helped secure $ 615 million to help communities and first responders respond to substance crises, including opioid addiction and drug trafficking. Shaheen also supported the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 3.0 to fight the opioid epidemic.

Shaheen reintroduced an important provision from the 2019 version of its law into the State Funding Act passed in 2020: Turn the Tide Act, which it reintroduced this year, and which Senator Hassan co-funded – to give treatment providers the flexibility to use State Opioid Response (SOR) grants to help patients with meth and cocaine addiction in addition to opioid use disorders. Shaheen wrote the provision in response to discussions with treatment providers in New Hampshire. Fiscal 2021 funding bill also provided for $ 1.5 billion in SOR grants, as well as continuing a 15 percent shutdown that Shaheen and Hassan fought for in 2018 for hard-hit states like New Hampshire. Over the past four years, New Hampshire has received approximately $ 92 million from these grants, which Shaheen and Hassan helped fight the opioid epidemic in the state, with the hardest-hit state set-aside responsible for most of that funding. These joint efforts resulted in a more than tenfold increase in state treatment and prevention funding for New Hampshire.

Senator Hassan has also worked to stem the illicit tide of drugs like fentanyl that helped fuel the substance abuse crisis. In 2019, the senator traveled to China to emphasize the importance of stepping up efforts to combat the fentanyl trade from China. Senator Hassan also attended the White House signing ceremony for the bipartisan in 2018 INTERDICT law, which she co-funded to ensure U.S. Customs and Border Protection have the tools to detect and intercept fentanyl smuggled into the United States, much of which originated in China. Senator Hassan also secured a provision in the Patients and Communities Support Act to curb the mail shipping of deadly fentanyl and other synthetic drugs to drug traffickers here in the United States. Last year, bipartisan legislation, endorsed by Senator Hassan, became law to prevent the opioid trafficking by further ensuring that Department of Homeland Security staff can more easily identify synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. Additionally, the Senator recently joined a non-partisan group of Senators to reinstate this Law on the Provision of Electronic Resources (POWER) for Civil Servants to provide law enforcement officers with better technology to detect and identify synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

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