by Adam Sexton - WMUR Anchor/Political Reporter
8-Jan-2018 - New Hampshire lawmakers in the State House plan to take a closer look this year at post-traumatic stress disorder among first responders who are trying to save lives during the state's opioid epidemic.
The human cost of New Hampshire's struggle with drug addiction is often measured in overdoses and deaths, but the work of trying to uphold public safety takes its own toll.
"We know that our first responders today are walking into some pretty horrific situations with the opioid crisis," Sen. Charon Carson, R-Londonderry, said. "Sometimes, it's going back to the same place over and over and over again. They're feeling that, and they're having to deal with that."
Police and firefighters might be known for their toughness, but many said the days of ignoring mental health issues are coming to an end.
For public safety unions, the ultimate goal is to cover PTSD under worker's compensation.
It's a hot topic across the country, particularly in states that have dealt with mass shootings. But lawmakers elsewhere have struggled with issues of cost and establishing an evidentiary standard to prove a PTSD claim. ... Continue reading on WMUR.com Photo via WMUR video
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I whole-heartily agree, it should be covered, especially when it's proven to be job related.
I agree but the Health Insurance companies will disagree