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NH group offers plan to reduce substance abuse

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A governor's commission is working to curb substance abuse in New Hampshire, which despite ranking high in income, education and overall health still has 1 of the highest rates of youth substance abuse in the U.S.

At a press conference Friday to announce the state's new five year plan to combat substance abuse, speakers said beyond the human cost, it's a drain on the state's economy. They cited a recent study that puts the cost of alcohol overconsumption alone at $1.15 billion per year.

The plan focuses on preventing alcohol and prescription drug misuse and marijuana use as well as cutting down on the number of people seeking and not receiving treatment services.

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