Today, Senator Shaheen met with General Reddel and members of the New Hampshire National Guard Counterdrug program to discuss their important work helping local law enforcement fight the heroin and opioid pandemic.
The mission of the New Hampshire National Guard Counterdrug Task Force Civil Operations is to reduce the misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs through partnerships with community-based coalitions and organizations statewide.
Last week, Shaheen introduced bipartisan legislation to provide funding certainty for this program which, between 2011 and 2015, helped New Hampshire law enforcement seize well over $100 million in drugs, cash, property, and weapons.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen shared on Facebook:
'Traffickers expressly target New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, where law enforcement is often spread too thin and lacks resources to respond effectively. During our discussion today, I had the opportunity to hear about the Guard’s invaluable work supporting our law enforcement as they battle to keep drugs off our streets, as well as the challenges they face. This important partnership has helped shutdown drug trafficking networks and stop drugs from coming into our state. Congress needs to be doing more to help this program continue and succeed. That’s why I introduced legislation to make a small change to the National Guard’s budget that will allow it to make big improvements to this counterdrug program. Our law enforcement agencies need all the help they can get to battle the heroin and opioid pandemic, and it’s important that we support these programs that are working.'
The New Hampshire National Guard Counterdrug Program provides local law enforcement with highly-trained analysts with military specific skillsets to support their counter-narcotic efforts, allowing law enforcement agencies to devote more resources to investigative and undercover tasks.