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September 19, 2016

VAN OSTERN CHALLENGES SUNUNU TO JOIN HIM IN SUPPORTING NONPARTISAN OPIOID PLAN

CONCORD, N.H. – With the start of national Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, Democratic nominee for Governor, Colin Van Ostern is challenging his opponent, Chris Sununu, to join him in endorsing New Future’s nonpartisan “Five Points for New Hampshire’s Future” plan to address the opioid and heroin epidemic. The agenda would permanently expand the bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection Plan, ensure full funding from the Alcohol Fund is used to fight the addiction crisis, remove barriers to insurance coverage, build evidence-based prevention programs, and advance behavioral workforce development.

“The opioid and heroin epidemic is the most urgent threat to public health and our quality of life here in New Hampshire and it’s critical we work together to overcome this crisis,” said Colin Van Ostern, Democratic nominee for Governor. “In addition to laying out detailed policy proposals for winning this fight, I am endorsing the nonpartisan ‘Five Points for New Hampshire’s Future’ plan and I challenge Chris Sununu to join me in supporting this commonsense approach to tackle the opioid and heroin epidemic.

I hope the Chris will join me in doing what’s best for the people of New Hampshire.”

Last week, Van Ostern met with law enforcement, public health and recovery experts, and those in recovery to discuss how we can work to stem the epidemic at New Futures. He was the first candidate in the race for governor to endorse the “Five Points for New Hampshire’s Future” plan.

On the Executive Council, Van Ostern cast a critical 3-2 vote to expand the New Hampshire Health Protection Plan to nearly 50,000 Granite Staters — nearly one in five of which have used this coverage for treatment of substance use disorders — and he’s unveiled his own plan to address the heroin and opioid crisis.

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