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Pres. Candidates and Lawmakers Address Heroin Epidemic and Criminal Justice Reform

Legal law concept image gavel books handcuffsAs the prescription opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic spreads across the nation, including into rural and wealthier communities, policymakers are finally starting to pay attention. New Hampshire is using its status as the first primary state to get the 2016 presidential candidates to discuss the heroin epidemic. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) have co-sponsored a bill to reduce the epidemic by increasing prevention and education efforts, and expanding access to naloxone. Additionally, Republicans met in Baltimore to discuss criminal justice reform efforts for low-level drug offenders, among other things. Read more here.

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