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More drug charges and arrests questioned by critics of state fund

The distribution of state grants to several New Hampshire law enforcement units to arrest heroin dealers has raised the issue of whether this is more of the same or whether arrests of drug dealers must continue unabated at this crucial time. Everyone in the state and the nation for that matter are aware of an opioid crisis that is rattling families from all walks of life due to a skyrocketing rate of deaths from overdoses. However, the passage of state funding to beef up drug dealer arrests and more drug charges for the system to process has been challenged by many critics, including some in the state legislature.

The critics assert that the pumping of money into police coffers for drug charges and drug arrests is simply feeding the broken down, unsuccessful techniques of the war on drugs. They cite the dismal record of those tactics to combat the problem over the past several decades. Indeed, the intensifying problem appears to have grown despite the arrest of great numbers of drug dealers nationwide.

The critics assert that the supply side can only be controlled after the demand side goes down. Making that happen would require intensive efforts at rehabilitation and getting to the root causes within each individual. It is a difficult but powerfully effective way to combat drug addiction.

The New Hampshire Governor announced that about $1.5 million in state money will be provided to the selected police departments. The most agreed upon bright spot in the effort is that the departments that receive money must make strict reporting of statistics back to the state. That will allow for state officials to track the efficacy of drug arrest projects. State officials conceded the need to reduce demand by prevention, treatment and recovery measures. They also insisted that the arrests and drug charges must continue in the meantime to counter the supply side of the equation.

Source:, "Hassan awards $1.5 million in police grants to fight drug crisis", Allie Morris, Sept. 28. 2016

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