October 26, 2017
Sheila Vargas, Communications Director
NEW FUTURES' STATEMENT REGARDING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S OPIOID CRISIS DECLARATION
CONCORD, N.H. – In response to President Trump’s declaration that the opioid crisis is a public health emergency, Michele Merritt, Senior Vice President at New Futures, a health policy and advocacy organization, released the following statement:
“New Futures is pleased to hear President Trump’s declaration that the opioid crisis is a public health emergency and applauds his acknowledgement that addressing this incredibly complex issue will require all of our combined effort and ingenuity, on both the federal and state levels,” Merritt said. “New Hampshire has been one of the states hit hardest by the addiction crisis, which resulted in the loss of almost 500 lives in 2016 and has cost the Granite state approximately $2.3 billion annually."
“President Trump’s declaration is an important step,” Merritt continued. “It will expand access to telemedicine in rural areas, instruct agencies to curb bureaucratic delays for dispensing grant money and shift some federal grants towards combating the crisis. Going forward, we hope the President’s declaration will lead to additional federal resources to states like New Hampshire, and we will continue to work with our national, state, and local leaders to find more ways to address this public health crisis.”
ABOUT NEW FUTURES
New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents through policy change. Learn more at www.new-futures.org.