To The Daily Sun,
Last Wednesday, at the request of the governor, both houses of the Legislature convened for a special session in Concord to approve the establishment of a joint bi-partisan drug task force designed to address the opioid epidemic here in New Hampshire. There were those in support as well as those who questioned the efficacy of such a measure. Ultimately, both houses agreed that it was better to try and possibly fail in search of a remedy rather than to do nothing at all.
As expected, there are many different viewpoints with respect to tackling this issue head-on. Here in Laconia, police officer Eric Adams has given law enforcement statewide a template in which family interdiction and accountability has yielded positive results. Others have suggested a more confrontational approach to the users themselves, with a special emphasis on stiffening penalties for the dealers.
Whichever viewpoint we may individually embrace, there are are two absolutes going forward. First, people are dying at an alarming rate, many of whom are under 30. Second, there is no broad panacea that will single-handedly solve this problem.
Rather, the achievement of solutions will be an ongoing work in progress predicated on keeping an open mind and a tenacity of purpose to be shared by all those affected and/or involved in this crisis.
State Rep. Peter J. Spanos
District 3, Finance Committee