Gatsas comments on the passing of SB 515 and SB 533 and the positive effects it will have in the fight against the heroin and fentanyl epidemic
Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas weighs in on legislation addressing Heroin and Fentanyl Epidemic that passed the NH House Today
Manchester, NH – Manchester Mayor and republican gubernatorial candidate Ted Gatsas released the following statement on two pieces of legislation that passed the New Hampshire House of Representatives today to combat the heroin and fentanyl epidemic plaguing the Granite State.
SB 515 adds parental drug addiction to the state statutes on child abuse and neglect.
Gatsas commented, “I am pleased that lawmakers in Concord have officially recognized the voiceless victims of the heroin and fentanyl epidemic. We now have the ability to protect children trapped in their parent’s cycle of addiction. These children are absolutely the victims of abuse and neglect and we must remove them from their parent’s toxic environment and get them into treatment programs to address their emotional needs. SB 515 is a critical first step.”
SB 533, appropriates five million dollars to authorize the hiring of a new Assistant Attorney General to specifically focus on the prosecution of drug crimes and also provides funding to be used towards treatment programs, services and housing for those with substance abuse disorders.
“It is essential that we have the ability, and the resources, to prosecute drug crimes and ensure that dealers are being given the maximum sentence. It is equally important that we have funding for treatment and wrap-around programs so we can rehabilitate addicts and work with them to break the cycle of addiction. The passing of SB 533 will go a long way towards meeting these needs.
This is a good beginning and I hope that the legislature continues to work to bring forward solutions for Granite Staters. I am equally hopeful that the drug court legislation moving through the House will be looked upon favorably because it is essential in our fight to end the epidemic,” concluded Gatsas.