Shaheen calls for federal help to address heroin ‘epidemic’

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said the federal government needs to be doing more to help states deal with heroin and prescription drug addiction.

“We must work together at the local, state and federal level to stop this troubling trend that is hurting our communities and claiming too many lives,” Shaheen said in a press release.

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Shaheen’s comments come after the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services reported that heroin and prescription drug abuse have reached epidemic levels.

Shaheen has asked Senate appropriators to dedicate more funding to combat the growing problem. She met with local law enforcement officials Wednesday to discuss her efforts to get federal help.

“Fighting the heroin and prescription drug addiction problem in New Hampshire is going to take a collaborative and comprehensive effort, and I am encouraged by the already demonstrated commitment and efforts of New Hampshire law enforcement to stemming the spread of this epidemic,” Shaheen said.