Sununu attends NH meeting on governor's alcohol commission
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says New Hampshire has the "brain power" it needs to solve the state's opioid crisis and that he's willing to listen and learn from the experts.
Sununu is attending the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.
Chair Tym Rourke says he believes Sununu is the first governor to attend a commission meeting since its creation in 2000. Sununu's budget included about $12 million for the commission over two years to fund innovative prevention, treatment and recovery programs.
Sununu says reducing the number of overdose deaths is critical but can't be the state's only focus. He says, "we can't just claim victory on one statistic." Nearly 500 people died from drug overdoses in 2016.