Shaheen, Hassan and Pappas participate in a panel discussion on drug prevention and treatment efforts with ONDCP Director Gupta

May 20, 2022

**Shaheen, Hassan and Pappas attend the 30th Annual NH Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Concord**

Shaheen, Hassan, Pappas and ONDCP Director Dr Gupta take part in a panel discussion on substance use prevention and treatment efforts in Manchester

(Manchester, NH) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01) participated in a roundtable with the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Dr. Rahul Gupta, to discuss drug abuse prevention and treatment efforts in New Hampshire. During the roundtable, the Laconia Police Department gave an overview of its Prevention, Enforcement and Treatment (PET) program and the Manchester Police Department presented updates on the draft enhancement of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Intervention Team (ACERT), which provides services to children exposed to trauma. , including substance use, domestic violence and sexual assault.

The expansion of these two programs resulted from a recent US$4.6 million DOJ Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP) grant to the NH Department of Justice. Senators Shaheen and Hassan sent a letter in support of the request.

“Rates of substance use are alarming in New Hampshire and across the country, especially in the wake of the pandemic. The visit of ONDCP Director Gupta to Granite State today was an important opportunity to discuss support for organizations and law enforcement agencies leading efforts on prevention options and treatment “, said Senator Shaheen. “I have also enjoyed hearing updates from programs working on the front lines of this crisis, such as ACERT in Manchester and the Laconia Police PET model which has expanded to other communities. We need a comprehensive approach to finally turn the tide of this epidemic, and I will continue to work with the administration and local organizations to support families affected by addiction.

“The addiction epidemic continues to ravage families and communities in New Hampshire, and it’s critical that we continue our state’s comprehensive approach, where we bring together law enforcement, medical professionals and community leaders to address this crisis,” said Senator Hassan. “I am proud to have secured significant federal funding for our state’s response to this crisis, and I am pleased Director Gupta has joined us in Granite State to discuss how these resources are helping to connect people struggling with drug addiction to life. – save resources. I will continue to work with members of both parties to expand substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services in our state.

“No New Hampshire family has been spared from the addiction crisis. And we know there is no quick fix. We won’t solve this problem entirely on the treatment side, and we won’t solve it. not completely on the law enforcement side. We need to see collaboration at all levels to address this crisis and save lives,” said Congressman Pappas. “One thing is clear: community programs like ACERT and PET are working and paying huge dividends. I pledge to fight for continued federal investment in these and other prevention, enforcement, and treatment efforts for people with substance use disorders and their families.

Shaheen and Hassan have led efforts in Congress to address the substance use disorder epidemic and support affected families. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen also fought for $750,000 for improved ACERT infrastructure and training resources for law enforcement and first responders as part of of the fiscal year 2022 funding legislation that was signed into law in March. Shaheen previously presented the National ACERT Grant Program Authorization Actthat would provide federal resources to communities to address negative childhood experiences associated with exposure to trauma.

Earlier this morning, Senators Shaheen and Hassan and Rep. Pappas joined the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Association for their 30th Annual NH Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony in Concord. The ceremony honored the brave service members who protected and defended our nation, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This full event can be viewed here.

“I was honored to participate in the 30th Annual Memorial Ceremony for New Hampshire’s Fallen Law Enforcement Officers in Concord today. This ceremony honored the Granite Staters who bravely fought to defend our country, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice. said Senator Shaheen. “The Granite State is grateful for the service and sacrifice of our incredible military, and I will continue to work in the Senate to ensure they have access to the resources and services they need.”

“New Hampshire law enforcement officers serve valiantly to keep our communities safe. Every day, these men and women put themselves in harm’s way to protect others, and they are on the front lines of some of the greatest challenges facing our state.” said Senator Hassan. “I was honored to join the law enforcement community today for the 30th Annual New Hampshire Law Enforcement Deceased Officers Memorial to commemorate those brave officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, and their families. I will continue to work to ensure New Hampshire law enforcement officers and their families have the support and resources they need.

“Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to serve us. I was honored to be at the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial today to pay my respects to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty”, said Congressman Pappas. “We are grateful for their service and sacrifice, and my heart goes out to their loved ones and families.”

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