As we are all aware, our state is in the midst of a crisis. Opiate addiction is affecting us all. Unlike past drug issues we have fought, this is much different issue. Those affected are people like you and I. Often times the addicts became addicted as a result of medical treatment.
Inner city gang members are traveling up from Newark, New Jersey to sell their poison. Armed robberies, once only something we saw on the Boston news shows, are a common occurrence in our smallest towns. Our Medical Examiner continues to report increases in opiate related overdose deaths. Our ambulance personnel continue to respond to overdose calls.
We are working with our Governor and Senator Ayotte to develop an action plan that will address the complexity of this problem. Over the next year I will be inviting professionals from the medical and mental health communities to our meetings. We need to understand the issues we each face.
We have our work cut out for us; however I am confident by working together we will decrease deaths. I would like to thank you all for giving me the honor to serve as your President over the next year. I am looking forward to working with you all. I encourage you all to attend our meetings. If there is anything I can do to assist you please do not hesitate to contact me.