To The Daily Sun,
I was extremely pleased to see that the New Hampshire Legislative Fiscal Committee moved to accept funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to fund "Drug Czar" Jack Wozmak for the next six months. This position of senior director of Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health is crucial given the current heroin crisis.
I have known Jack Wozmak for over 10 years. He is more than capable of spearheading the statewide effort to combat the massive heroin epidemic.
The most recent statistics out of Manchester, New Hampshire reported 52 deaths due to heroin overdose with the possible trajectory of one hundred deaths in this city alone for the year. However, this is not only a citywide problem but also an issue in small towns all across the state.
During the 10 years that I was executive director of Headrest, Inc., eight years on the New England Drug Court Professionals Board, and now in my eighteenth year as Grafton County commissioner, I have witnessed firsthand that education, prevention and substance abuse counseling are crucial in this war against one of the state's greatest crises of our time.
Please encourage your legislators to keep this vital position funded beyond the next six months.
Michael J. Cryans
Grafton County Commissioner - District One
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